Last Four Democratic Party Platforms Have Called Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

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The past four official Democratic Party platforms have recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The 2016 party platform read, "While Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations, it should remain the capital of Israel, an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement."

In 2008, the platform read, "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

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In 2004, the document read, "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."

The party's view on Jerusalem's status created an unusual display at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Initially, the platform omitted language about Jerusalem altogether, sparking a backlash from the pro-Israel community.

Then-President Barack Obama himself intervened to reinstate the line about Jerusalem as Israel's capital in the 2012 platform. After a confusing voice vote where there seemed to be as many "nays" as "ayes" to approve the amendment about Jerusalem, convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa eventually declared it for the "ayes," leading to loud booing.