Rivlin: Obama only put J'lem back in platform for votes

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September 6, 2012 10:14

 
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The addition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to the Democratic platform does not make up for the party's original intentions, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said on Thursday

"I have no doubt that Obama put Jerusalem back in his party's platform out of political and electoral considerations and because of the sharp criticism from Israel and the US," Rivlin stated.

The Knesset Speaker said that the DNC did not remove Jerusalem from the platform "by mistake or because of forgetfulness," and the change was not a coincidence that can be explained away by not paying attention.

"This is a problematic sign, indicating the gradual reduction of the American government's strategic commitment to Israel," he explained.

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