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Republican platform changed to be more favorable to Israel

Republican Party amends its platform to refer to Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital, removes reference to “Palestine”.

Elad Benari

The Republican Party is amending its platform to include a slightly altered position on Israel,JTA reported Monday.

The latest draft of the platform reinstates a reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and removes a reference to “Palestine.”

The language shared with members of the Platform Committee by the Republican National Committee at an orientation on Sunday night was first reported by CNN.

The 58-page draft platform, which supports a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, could change several times before the start of the Republican National Convention which will take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18.

In the party’s 2012 platform, the word “undivided” was deleted from the platform of four years earlier and the reference to “Palestine” was added.

The 2012 platform read, according to JTA, “We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states – Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine – living in peace and security.”

The 2008 platform had declared, “We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel.”

The changes to the platform reflect the positions of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

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