Democratic delegates narrowly reinstated to their party platform Wednesday the position that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, reversing an omission that had angered some Jewish organizations and drew criticism from Republicans that President Obama was distancing the United States from its closest ally in the Middle East.
The amendment to the platform, which essentially restores the language on Jerusalem from the 2008 version, was introduced by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. It was put to a voice vote by Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, who had to ask three times for “aye” votes before determining that the amendment had a two-thirds majority.
That was far from clear, however, and left many delegates on the floor angry over the outcome. Some stood up from their seats inside the Time Warner Arena, shaking their fingers at Villaraigosa and booing. (A vote during the Republican National Convention on changes to party nomination rules was also controversial.)
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