Letter to the editor: Israel deserves the support of Americans

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I will not be voting for Wanda Crupper Hammond for Kentucky House of Representatives for our district because she has sworn: “I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party and intend to support its principles and policies.”
The Democratic Party National Platform is the official statement of the principles and policies of the Democratic Party to which politicians who run as Democrats must swear to file as a candidate.
Those positions may be modified by the state, district and county party resolutions.
I find that the principles and policies the past two Democratic Party National Platforms stated weak and equivocal in support of Israel and the status of Jerusalem. The vote on whether to even recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, while officially recorded as adopted at the 2012 Democratic Party Convention obviously did not get the two thirds majority vote required by the rules to be inserted into the platform after having been removed and many who viewed the Youtube (video) of the event thought they heard less than even a majority of delegates to the Democratic Party convention vote both to recognize Jerusalem and to have a reference to God reinserted to the platform after having been cut out.
The 2008 Democratic Party Platforms said, “It is in the best interest of all parties, including the United States, that we take an active role to help secure a lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a democratic, viable Palestinian state dedicated to living in peace and security side by side with the Jewish State of Israel. To do so, we must help Israel identify and strengthen those partners who are truly committed to peace.”
2012 platform says, “The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations.”
Party registration can be changed at the Owen County Clerk’s office.

Thomas Byrd Lawhon Jr.