New York Post editorial declares 2016 “as the year the Democratic Party turned decisively anti-Israel,…while Bernie Sanders is using his movement to push for Israel-bashing language in the platform.”
By Yoni Hersch and Israel Hayom Staff
The New York Post editorial board blasted Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday for his promotion of “Israel-bashing language” in the Democratic Party’s platform.
In an editorial titled “The Year the Democrats Turned Against Israel,” the New York Post editorial board criticized Sanders for using three of his five picks for the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform committee to name outspoken critics of Israel.
“Mark this as the year the Democratic Party turned decisively anti-Israel,” the editorial began. “The party’s ever-more-dominant liberal base has turned increasingly against the Jewish state — while Bernie Sanders is using his movement to push for Israel-bashing language in the platform. And Israel’s remaining Democratic friends are afraid to speak up.”
The editorial cited a recent Pew Research poll that found 40 percent of self-proclaimed liberal Democrats consider themselves pro-Palestinian compared to just 33 percent who see themselves as pro-Israel.
“The trend’s been building for years,” the editorial said.
“The initial 2012 Democratic platform, recall, dropped long-standing language declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
“When embarrassed party officials tried to reinstate that clause on the convention floor, they were met with raucous boos from the delegates. They gaveled the measure through as passed — even though it clearly hadn’t.”
The editorial then questioned whether the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton, would stand up against the anti-Israel trend in her party.
“Maybe not,” the editorial said. “She wants to avoid any public convention fights. Indeed, her own committee pick, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois), says he sees room in the platform for more avowedly pro-Palestinian language on ‘their hope for justice.’
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