On Senator Durbin’s reaction to questions about removing references to God and Jerusalem from the Democratic Party platform:
I was just surprised by how defensive he was and how he immediately went on the attack, particularly on the Jerusalem issue.
What happened with the change in the language of the platform is extremely significant. It may be true that we here don’t read platforms, but I can assure you that in the Middle East, where the entire diplomacy is conducted in very subtle coded language, they can read what the Democrats have done.
Four years ago they asserted that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and should be. That is nowhere to be seen. That takes the rug away from the Israeli position.
Four years ago it said that in any final solution, any final settlement, Israel must remain undivided. By removing the language, that means that the United States, the Democratic Party, is prepared to see barbed wire go through Jerusalem as it did in the 20 years between the late 1940s and the 1967 war.
No mention, as four years ago, of isolating Hamas. That’s a change in position on terrorism. No mention whatsoever of the platform stance four years ago that Israel is not to return to the ‘67 line.
These are all extremely important. And for Durbin to pretend that it’s not and to mention Harry Truman, who recognized Israel 65 years ago, I think shows how defensive and panicked they are on this one important issue.
Platforms don’t really tell you what’s going to happen. But when you compare today with what people used to believe and used to say and used to proclaim, and you see these glaring changes, you know that something has changed in the party.
This is one place where Obama led from in front and not from behind — moving the [Democratic] party, not just himself [regarding Israel].