Schumer Expects a Focus on Israel

President Barack Obama is certain to talk about Israel tonight in his nomination acceptance speech, especially in the wake of the dispute overexcluding any mention of Jerusalem from the party’s platform, Sen. Chuck Schumer says.

“I know he will,” Schumer told reporters at today’s breakfast meeting of the New York delegation.

The comments came a day after the Democratic Party’s platform was amended to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a provision that had appeared in previous policy statements and was initially left out of this one.

“It was a mistake,” Schumer said. “It was an act of omission, not commission.”

Rep. Eliot Engel of New  York said he has urged White House aides to make sure Israel is part of Obama’s speech.

“It has become even more important,” Engel said. “He’s got a record of support he could be proud of.”

What the issue showed was that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is being disengenious when he claims that he disagrees with some of the Republican platform planks, said Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York.

If Obama could tell the Democratic convention to change its platform and add provisions on Jerusalem and God, then Romney could have demanded changes at his party’s convention in Tampa, Florida, she said.

“If you disagree with the platform, why didn’t you try to change it?” Maloney asked. Obama “went in and changed it. Romney could have gone in and changed the things he disagreed with.”


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