On Tuesday morning, the Republican National Platform Committee unanimously adopted the pro-Israel Amendment presented by South Carolina delegate Alan Clemmons, who worked tirelessly to help create, lobby other delegates, and eventually to get this monumental new platform passed.
In one fell swoop a quarter century of standard language about Israel by both the Republican and Democratic parties was tossed out and new GOP platform language was adopted which places the Republican Party miles ahead of the Democrats in terms of supporting Israel, squarely behind the unity of Jerusalem, against BDS, and removing the label of “occupier,” and so much more!
The language was hammered out over the past several months by the Iron Dome Alliance and several like-minded groups, and introduced and shepherded through the subcommittee by member delegate Alan Clemmons, South Carolina State Representative.
Here is the NEW “Israel” Platform of the Republican Party:
Our Unequivocal Support for Israel and Jerusalem
Like the United States of America, the modern state of Israel is a country born
from the aspiration for freedom, and standing out among the nations as a beacon
of democracy and humanity. Beyond our mutual strategic interests, Israel is
likewise an exceptional country that shares our most essential values. It is the only
country in the Middle East where freedom of speech and freedom of religion are
found. Therefore, support for Israel is an expression of Americanism, and it is the
responsibility of our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’
strong desire for a relationship with no daylight between America and Israel. We
recognize Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state, and
call for the American embassy to be moved there in fulfillment of U.S. law.
We reaffirm America’s commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel
maintains a qualitative military edge over any and all adversaries. We support
Israel’s right and obligation to defend itself against terror attacks upon its people,
and against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it legally,
economically, culturally and otherwise. We reject the false notion that Israel is an
occupier, and specifically recognize that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Movement (“BDS”) is anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel.
Therefore, we call for effective legislation to thwart actions that are intended to
limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in
Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.
The U.S. seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace
in the Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the region. We oppose
any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other
terms, and call for the immediate termination of all U.S. funding of any entity that
attempts to do so. Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always.