I wonder if the current Administration’s inability to figure out what city the capitol of Israel is in:
QUESTION: Which city does the U.S. Government recognize as the capital in the – Israel?
MR. VENTRELL: Well, as you know, longstanding Administration policy, both in this Administration and in previous administrations across both parties, is that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So that’s longstanding Administration policy and continues to be so. -Daily Press Briefing, 6 September 2012
Might have anything to do with the reaction of some parties to the pro-Israel language in the Democratic Party’s national platform, like this:
Ellison was asked about his party’s updating of their platform with the Jerusalem reference. But the congressman said the focus on it was misplaced. “This issue is a side issue, it’s a distraction issue,” Ellison said. “And I personally believe that the last thing we need to do is have a big fight about the emergence of this issue. Because at the end of the day, we need a president who will try to bring these people together. And it won’t be easy.” -CNN
This is the game of politics —when you know you have a specific group cowled into voting for you all the time (the Jewish vote), you can kick them around in order to get another group to vote for you (the Muslim vote) without much in the way of repercussions.
It’s also why modern identity politics is so disgusting —treating people as no more than a lever pulling “demographic” at the ballot box is no different than treating them as a money spending machine at a store. Of course, in the postmodern reductionist worldview, humans are little more than meat machines, so one human using another human to gain power or money isn’t really an issue.