A rather awkward and unscripted moment at the Democratic National Convention resulted in an embarrassing moment for the Democrats. It happened, when they decided to restore their language on their party platform declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Chaos ruled on the floor as delegates and convention leaders were forced to call a voice vote three times to reinstate the language.
According to sources President Obama himself intervened in the matter of strengthening the language. But when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention chairman, came to the podium for the approval of the delegates, there was a loud opposition and people booed their opinion.
It was, to put it politely, quite an awkward moment, especially since Mayor Villaraigosa asked for voice vote three times in all and all three times the volume of no’s was far louder than before. When Mayor Villaraigosa said he had determined that two third of those present had voted in favor, the boos filled the arena in response.
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Democratic Party has always been viewed as a symbol of secularism in liberalism in mainstream American politics. It jumped into controversy after explicitly removing reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2008. During 2008 election campaign, the Democratic Party platform had said: "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel". But this year that language was dropped to maintain an even-handed position in the long-running Arab-Israeli dispute.
The move sparked furious outcries from Republicans and the pro-Israel crowd for showing weak support for the country.
However this time around, in the DNC 2012, using Israel during the convention did not go as planned for Democrats. That being said, this will definitely be an issue that will require further clarification from President Obama’s end.
Also restored was wording mentioning God: Democrats changed the platform language to say government should help people "make the most of their God-given potential".
Obviously, such a moment was something Republicans were desperately looking forward to. Within minutes, Republican National Committee staffers uploaded the video on YouTube.