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DNC Platform Will Not Condition US Aid to Israel on Sovereignty, Will Seek Return to Iran Deal

(JNS) The DNC’s platform committee voted 117-34 to reject adding the word “occupation” and a condition of U.S. assistance to Israel on the Jewish state not going ahead with its plans to apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank.

The platform includes language that expresses support for the U.S.-Israel relationship, a pledge to maintain security funding for Israel and backing for a two-state solution “that ensures Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state with recognized borders and upholds the right of Palestinians to live in freedom and security in a viable state of their own.”

The platform states: “We believe that 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,” and expresses opposition to “any effort to unfairly single out and delegitimize Israel, including at the [UN] or through the [BDS] movement, while protecting the constitutional right of our citizens to free speech,” and that the Democrats will work to combat bigotry, including toward Jews.

However, the Democrats call for the United States to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council, as well as “returning to mutual compliance” with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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