Prior to the 2012 Republican National Platform, the GOP has traditionally called for a united Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, and that the U.S. government move its permanent embassy there.
During the last platform debate, Republican operatives removed the language, which is significant not only to evangelicals, but to most mainstream Americans who support Israel. Pastor Mario Bramnick, who also serves as president of the Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition, says he’s confident new, stronger pro-Israel language is about to be reinserted into the GOP platform for 2016.
“We have been working with the senior advisers on Israel with the Trump campaign,” he said. “We’re working to not only rectify the language, but to insert stronger language, to call for a united Jerusalem and to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the unified Jerusalem.”
Bramnick said Trump’s key Israel advisers—Jason Greenblatt, a real estate attorney with the Trump Organization, and David Freeman, president of American Friends of Bet El Communities in Israel—are both Orthodox Jews. Being strong supporters of Israel themselves, he said they have been “very reassuring.”
“They’re absolutely with us,” he added. “The vote is set for [Monday] afternoon or [Tuesday] morning, depending on the calendar. We’re very encouraged the language will appear in the platform, and the Republican nominee will be strong on those issues.”
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