In new GOP platform, ‘undivided’ Jerusalem is in, ‘Palestine’ is out
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In new GOP platform, ‘undivided’ Jerusalem is in, ‘Palestine’ is out

Ahead of upcoming Cleveland convention, RNC rolls back changes made to Republican policy document before 2012 elections

In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Republican Party has reinstated a reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital in the latest draft of its platform, and removed a reference to “Palestine.”

The 58-page draft platform, which supports a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, could change several times before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18.

The language shared with members of the Platform Committee by the Republican National Committee at an orientation on Sunday night was first reported by CNN.

In the party’s 2012 party platform, the word “undivided” was deleted from the platform of four years earlier and the reference to Palestine was added.

The 2012 platform read: “We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states — Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine – living in peace and security.”

The previous 2008 platform declared: “We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel.”

David Friedman, an adviser to Donald Trump, said last month that the party’s presumptive nominee would consider support of an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would not openly oppose policy decisions by the Jewish state.

Trump announced during his address to the AIPAC policy conference in March that he supported relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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