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Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:45 PM

 

 Will the Democratic Platform Committee Go to War Over Israel?

 Clinton’s and Sanders’s appointees are sharply divided, so there’s sure to be a fracas—one that represents growing divisions among Democrats.

By Ali Gharib
Today 8:00 am

 When The Washington Post announced the Democratic Party’s platform-committee appointments for this summer’s convention, the uninitiated might have been forgiven for wondering why, in a primary contest dominated by domestic politics and policy, a foreign-policy issue got top billing. And yet there it was: “Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist,” blared the headline.

The lead of the article focused on the party’s decision to allot six platform committee spots to the now-presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, and a healthy five slots to her challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders. But by the fifth paragraph, there again was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Sanders’s slate includes James Zogby, a longtime activist for Palestinian rights as well as a DNC member and official. Zogby currently co-chairs the party’s resolutions committee. His inclusion is a sign of Sanders’s plans to push the party’s policy on Israel toward what he has called a more even-handed approach to the Palestinian cause.


The reduction of longtime Democratic Party activist James Zogby’s career—and, by extension, Sanders’s campaign—to quarrels over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is something to behold. But it’s not surprising. To paraphrase a more generalized saying about the news business: If it’s about Israel, it leads. (It should be noted that this dynamic is one of the Israel lobby’s own making, but that’s for another column.)

That doesn’t mean, however, that picking Zogby holds no significance, or that the looming platform battle over Israel isn’t an important one. Party platforms may be mostly symbolic documents—they’re not binding on candidates—but they are a high-profile venue for setting party agendas and airing ideological disputes. With recent history as our guide, this appears to be exactly what is about to happen in the lead-up to the convention in Philadelphia.

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geek tragedy Jun 2016 #1
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Tarc Jun 2016 #3
Joe the Revelator Jun 2016 #6
tonyt53 Jun 2016 #4
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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:45 PM

1. worst case scenario there's a vote and someone's side loses 8-7 nt

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:47 PM

2. Oh don't you worry--Hillary is committed to ongoing war in the Middle East.

And no not-worth-the-paper-it's-written-on Party Platform will be changing that, I can assure you.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:47 PM

3. James Zogby is completely out of step wit the American electorate on this

His anti-Israeli tirades are beyond unacceptable, and he shouldn't be within a mile of the convention.

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Response to Tarc (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:51 PM

6. Agreed

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:48 PM

4. You want to alienate a huge Democrat voting block that is Christian? Bash Israel in the platform.

 

Such a move only provides ammunition to the GOP, and that would be a very stupid move that only a political novice would make. it isn't only Republicans that are Christian.

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Response to tonyt53 (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 04:25 PM

7. And, not all Christians, like myself, are

for Israel's policy of apartheid. Glad Zogby and West are on that committee.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jun 10, 2016, 03:48 PM

5. This is one clear area that I agree with Clinton on.

 

Strongly.

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