In the Arena

The Jerusalem Controversy

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Whoever took the usual language about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel out of the Democratic platform is an idiot. This is a long-time silliness that can’t really be resolved until a Middle East peace is achieved, but lip service must be paid. For what it’s worth, Jerusalem really is, most definitely, the capital of Israel. It is also the capital of Palestine…or will be, on the east side of town, if the Israeli and Palestinians ever negotiate a two-state solution. As for the absence of a shout out to God in the Democratic Party platform–another idiocy–let me suggest alternative language that would kill two birds with one Davidian slingshot: “God, it would be great if we could finally resolve the Jerusalem controversy.”