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Not helpful to turn Jerusalem into political football

Jerusalem is assuredly the capital of Israel. The Knesset and prime minister’s residence are located there. It has been Judaism’s most holy city for millennia. However, Jerusalem is also very important to the Palestinians, and is a holy city to them as well.

Therefore, it would have been better if the Democrats had not tinkered with the original language in their 2012 platform about Jerusalem, which omitted explicit mention of Jerusalem (“Under fire, Democrats revise plank on Jerusalem,” Page A1, Sept. 6).

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As Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said, “It has been the policy of both Republican and Democratic administrations for decades that Jerusalem is a final status issue to be negotiated directly between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Indeed, attempts by both political parties to turn Israel into a political football are unhelpful.

For a meaningful peace in the Middle East, the influence of the United States and its president, whoever that may be, will be necessary to achieve a negotiated two-state solution that includes a formula for sharing Jerusalem as a joint capital.

Stan Fleischman

Newton Highlands

The writer is a member of the J Street Boston steering committee.

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