Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama and the Democratic Party for abandoning the position that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
“It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Romney said in a statement this afternoon. “As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.”
The DNC skirted the issue of Jerusalem’s status by refusing to mention the city. Past Democratic platforms, as the Washington Free Beacon noted, explicitly stated that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.”
Romney blamed Obama, whose administration has repeatedly backed away from the idea that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, for the party platform omission.
“Four years of President Obama’s repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality,” he said.