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Democrats’ Jerusalem Platform Plank Unifies Dold, Schneider

Democrat Brad Schneider and Republican Robert Dold consider an undivided Jerusalem Israel’s capital. The Democratic Party changes positions over outcry on orders from the President. See video.

What do a Glencoe rabbi with ties to the administration of President Barack Obama, and his Democratic opponent, , have in common?

All three strongly reject a plank in the Democratic Party platform omitting references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new statement differs from the party’s position in past campaigns.

Schneider, Dold and all condemned the changed stance of the Democratic Party. Nesselson sat on a White House committee on American-Israeli relations at the invitation of President Obama.

Their cries and those of others were heard as the Democrats changed course Wednesday afternoon, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. The switch was not without controversy. It came on order of President Obama, according to Politico.

Nesselson believes the status of Jerusalem should have no place in partisan politics and questions the wisdom of the committee that included it.

Rabbi Questions Democrats’ Thinking

“It's unclear to me what they were thinking,” Nesselson said. “But as a rabbi, I can say this: to the Jewish people Jerusalem has no place in partisan politics. Over the millennia, we think of Jerusalem as our heart and soul. It is part of our religious consciousness, so central is it to our identity and our connection to God.”

Dold considers the status of Jerusalem not only a bipartisan issue but believes cooperation between Democrats and Republicans is central to the strength of the relationship between America and Israel.

“The strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship is its bipartisan support and strong leadership in Congress," Dold said. “I certainly look forward to that continuing in the future. I support an undivided Jerusalem as the recognized capital of the State of Israel.”

Schneider and Dold have their differences on some issues, but there was none on the issue of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Deerfield Democrat was clear in his feelings on the subject.

“Jerusalem is and will always be the eternal, unified capital of the State of Israel,” Schneider said. “This is the same thing I have felt every time I have been to Israel.”

Though Dold and Schneider have both made strong statements supporting Israel throughout the campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) used the platform as an opportunity to criticize Schneider. The NRCC is an organization committed to electing Republicans to the House of Representatives.

“It is deeply troubling that Brad Schneider would take such an extreme new stance against one of America’s most important allies,” NRCC spokesperson Katie Prill said. “What you see with Brad Schneider are dangerous policies that hurt Israel.”

Republican Criticism Evokes Strong Response From Schneider

Schneider, who is Jewish, responded with emotion. “'If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning,’” he said quoting lines from 137th Psalm from The Bible. “In 1990 I went there to stand shoulder to shoulder with them (the Israelis),” he added referring to a Jewish United Fund mission staged after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

When Nesselson explained the strong emotional Jewish tie to Jerusalem, she went to the same source as Schneider.

“Not for nothing did the psalmist say, ‘If I forget Thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither,’" Nesselson said. “All of our hopes, dreams and vision come together in Jerusalem; Jerusalem is our center.”

Though the Democrats changed their platform, it was not without boos from some of the delegates, according to the Journal and Constitution. It took three voice votes, according to a video posted on You Tube.

Guido McGinty September 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
"Though the Democrats changed their platform, it was not without boos from some of the delegates, according to the Journal and Constitution. It took three voice votes" It took three voice votes because Villaraigosa is incompetent. The Party Handbook clearly states that if you're going to ignore the no votes, just declare the vote passed on the first try. http://reason.com/blog/2012/09/05/dnc-chair-villaraigosa-declares-super-ma He should have learned this from watching Boehner last week, he just read "the ayes have it" off of a teleprompter after the first voice vote: http://reason.com/blog/2012/08/31/will-rule-change-fight-hurt-the-republic
Stuart Tindall September 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
This issue has unified me and not giving a whit.
Daniel Krudop September 06, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Don't hold back. Let your true opinions come out.
kurt swanson September 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM
vote republican next time
CK September 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Did the Democrats pass anything about the Israeli walls they built to divide Palestinian lands and families?
V. Scheurich September 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The stage has been set. Barack Obama will become the hero and settle the Chicago teachers strike. Watch! It is all set up for the Man -O- Steel to become the negotiator-in-Chief. http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=83311
Sully September 11, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Really? Now where do you live again?
Whale Ofaguy September 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Did everyone see the VA benefit cuts reported in the NY Times yesterday? Ryan has cut VA benefits and the Senate has voted it through. Republican desperately need their Congressional candidates to win this November in order for them to pass this bill in the House. They only need a hand full of seats to pull it off. The link for Times story is below. Take your time, it's a bit complicated, which is what Romney and Ryan apparently have counted on. In this way we veterans wouldn't be able to uncover it, but the Times has done that for us. It comes down to one thing and one thing only: Both Romney and Ryan must tell the truth to veterans. They must say that "There are NO CUTS in the Ryan Budget to VA benefits" or they're lying to us and cannot be given the votes of veterans. HUGE CUTS have been made. Read the article: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/edsall-the-ryan-sinkhole/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20120910 Let's hold onto our VA benefits and keep Ryan from taking them from us. Romney never served in the military and does not have compassion for veterans. To keep our benefits, we must not give them our vote.
Guido McGinty September 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
"They must say that "There are NO CUTS in the Ryan Budget to VA benefits" or they're lying to us" All of them are already lying to you. That is the essence of the red and blue factions of the War Party. Cuts are coming one way or another; the math demands them. The only question is timing. The lesson here is do not make deals with Leviathan.
Michael Steinberg September 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Patch should have the journalistic integrity to investigate the facts in this article: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/21/dem-candidate-brad-schneider-americas-smallest-small-businessman. If, as it claims, Brad Schneider made no money from his small business, which he cites as a qualification for serving in Congress, the voters of the Tenth District need to know. I checked out Cadence Consulting's website (cadence-strategy.com) and it seems like the company really does nothing. No phone number or email address? No employees? No listed clients? But BICYCLING links? What's going on here, Brad Schneider needs to clarify because it seems as though his "business experience" is, at the very least, a fabricated hoax.

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