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Wednesday
Sep052012

Dems Quickly Switch to Include 'God,' 'Jerusalem' Language in Platform

ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Moments after convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in Day Two of the Democratic Convention, the hall burst into chaos as Democrats voted to amend their party's platform to include the word "God" and name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Villaraigosa called the vote three times. The first two voice votes, which require a two-thirds majority to pass, were tied between "ays" and "nos." On the third vote it was still hard to tell whether the "ays" were audibly louder than the "nays" in the half-full arena.

When Villaraigosa announced "the ays have it," loud boos erupted across the arena.

The changes came after a sharp day of criticism by both Republicans and Democrats alike for the platform's exclusion of "God" and Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Democrats moved Wednesday to make revisions to "maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the president and the Democratic Party platform in 2008," according to a statement from the Democratic National Committee. 

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized the Democrats' 2012 platform Wednesday, calling the omission "rather peculiar."

"It's not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision, but I guess you would have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform," Ryan said on Fox News.

The word "God" is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. The word "Nature's God" appears once in the Declaration of Independence, alongside mention of the word "Creator."

Prior to Wednesday's vote to include "God," the Democratic 2012 platform referred to faith, saying it "has always been a central part of the American story." It also says the U.S. was founded on the principle of religious freedom and the ability of people to worship as they please. It also praised the work of faith-based organizations.

Republicans have sought to highlight the absence of the word "God" from Democrats' platform. "God" was mentioned once in Democrats' 2008 platform. The 2012 GOP platform mentions "God" 12 times.

As for the vote to include language previously left out about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, the DNC said in Wednesday's statement, "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel."

"It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

Watch the vote:

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Monday
Mar212011

Sarah Palin In Israel, Will Dine with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Sarah Palin made her first pilgrimage to the Holy Land on Sunday, joining a long line of presidential hopefuls who have traveled to Israel prior to throwing their hat in the ring.

During a tour of the Western Wall Palin expressed support for Jews praying openly at the Temple Mount asking her Israeli tour guides, “why are you apologizing all the time?” The Jerusalem Post reported.

The Temple Mount, a holy site to both Jews and Muslims, is one of the world’s most contested religious sites.

One of Palin’s tour guides World Likud Chairman Danny Danon said Palin “really connected to the story of the Jewish nation.” According to The Jerusalem Post, Danon said “I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holy sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they’re not right.”

The former Alaska governor prayed at the Wall and left a note with a personal prayer in it.

“I’m so thankful to be able to be here, and I’m thankful to know the Israel-American connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations continue,” Palin reportedly said.

Palin’s trip to Israel comes on the heels of her visit to India over the weekend. On Monday Palin and her husband Todd will have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at their residence in Jerusalem.

Although the 2008 vice presidential nominee remains mum about her 2012 intentions, several of Palin’s potential rivals for the GOP candidacy have also met with Netanyahu in recent months, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Palin has said recently it could be several months before she decides whether or not to run in 2012.

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Saturday
Feb052011

Potential 2012 Candidates Flock To Israel

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Photo Courtesy - TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Besides the key early primary states, few destinations appear to be as important to potential 2012 Republican presidential field these days as Israel.

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee has spent the past week in Israel, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was there last month, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour left Friday for a five-day trip, and Sarah Palin has indicated she has plans to go later this year.

The trips offer potential candidates a chance to burnish their foreign policy bona fides with one of America's most important allies, and boost their standing with the Jewish and evangelical voters in the U.S.

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