US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday declared on Twitter that the party’s platform is now more pro-Israel than it has ever been.
Indeed, the Republican Party’s Platform Committee did make surprising policy changes that no previous candidate would or could have represented.
The new platform erases all reference to a “two-state solution” and utterly rejects “the false notion that Israel is an occupier.” It further states that Jerusalem is the “indivisible” capital of the Jewish state.
“Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always,” that portion of the Republican platform concludes. The changes must still be approved by the full Republican National Convention.
Hours later, Trump again took to Twitter to ask, “Is President Obama trying to destroy Israel with all his bad moves?”
It remains surprising to most (at least those who don’t read the Bible) how such a small country embroiled in a relatively minor conflict could be such an important plank in the platforms of the two parties contesting the most influential job in the world.