How can you tell when someone is lying to you? When he or she says one thing but does another. That is the case with Democratic convention platform. Haven’t you heard?
Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama intervened to order the changes.
It’s fraudulent; it is just a show, designed as an illusion to entice certain segments of the population to either vote for Democrats or keep voting for Democrats. Which segment exactly? Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post explains (notice the group it hurts, and you will deduce the group the Democrats tried to reconnect with):
"Widely seen in pro-Israel circles as an embarrassment for the Obama campaign and a battle that needlessly rekindled mistrust of the administration by pro-Israel groups." http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/09/the-democrats-jerusa...
It does not change the reality on the ground, which is that:
US embassy remains in Tel Aviv pending an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians on “final status” issues.
The State Department made clear on Thursday that whatever the Democratic Party platform might say, US foreign policy had not changed.
“Long-standing administration policy, both in this administration and in previous administrations across both parties, is that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians,” a spokesman, Patrick Ventrell, said.
Such a statement hides a grim reality however. That reality is that it is very hard to negotiate the status of Jerusalem, when Israel unilaterally annexed all of it (both West and East Jerusalem):
In 1980, the Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, which declared that "Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel"
Even though East Jerusalem is occupied territory.
If anything this declaration simply reinforces Israel's illegal takeover of East Jerusalem, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 478:
Affirms that the enactment of the "basic law" by Israel constitutes a violation of international law and does not affect the continued application of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since June 1967, including Jerusalem;
So the choices are (1). It is a lie or (2). Complicity in illegality. Is there a lesser of two evils somewhere here?