Report: GOP Reinstates 'Undivided' Jerusalem Reference in Party Platform

The move follows lobbying by leaders of Christians United for Israel and a group named 'Iron Dome Alliance.'

Waving flags during a march marking Jerusalem Day near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City May 17, 2015.
Olivier Fitoussi

This article was originally published on Jewish Insider.

The Republican Party’s platform is said to have reinstated a reference to Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel, CNN reported on Sunday.

The language, shared with the party’s platform drafting committee at an orientation on Sunday night in Cleveland, reinstated a reference to an “undivided” Jerusalem after it was omitted from the 2012 platform.

In 2008, the GOP’s platform read, “We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel.”

However that reference was revised  in the 2012 platform in which Republicans advocated for “two democratic states – Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine – living in peace and security.”

According to CNN, the latest Republican platform draft also removes a reference to the creation of a Palestinian state in support of a two-state solution.

The move comes after intense lobbying to declare Jerusalem as the “undivided and eternal” capital of the Jewish state by leaders of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) and a group named “Iron Dome Alliance.”

In a letter sent to Republican convention delegates last week, former Ronald Reagan administration official Gary Bauer, director of the CUFI Action Fund lobby, called on the party to “strengthen its language in support for Israel with Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘undivided, eternal’ capital.”

Iron Dome Alliance, headed by Jeff Ballabon, recommended the party adopt the following language:

“We recognize an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Judea and Samaria as integral parts of the indigenous Jewish homeland. We call for the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 2017, to mark the 50th anniversary of the city’s liberation and reunification.”

The group has launched a website, israelfriends.us, urging Republicans and pro-Israeli Jews to flood party leaders and delegates with emails, urging them to agree on the proposed language ahead of the platform committee’s meeting in Cleveland on Monday.

In December, Donald Trump, now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, drew loud boos at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidate forum when he refused to declare Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.

“Can I at least pin you down on Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel? Is that a position you support?” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks asked Trump. “

You know what I want to do? I want to wait until I meet with Bibi,” Trump replied.

As he was loudly jeered by an audible member in the room, Trump turned to his left and asked, “Who’s the wise guy? Do me a favor, just relax. You’ll like me very much, believe me. Don’t worry about it.”

However, after announcing his support for the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem at AIPAC in March, Trump is now said to back an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,according to his Israel advisor, David Friedman.

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