Saturday, July 2, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s forces may have prevailed, but Bernie Sanders’ pro-Palestinian advocates scored a significant victory in the Democratic platform fight over Israel. And “compared with past platforms,” writes Molly O’Toole at Foreign Policy, “the subtle shifts are significant” – which may well be why both sides are keeping them quiet. It may not use the word “occupation,” as Sanders wanted, but “for the first time the platform explicitly asserts Palestinians’ ‘independence, sovereignty and dignity.’ ” And if Sanders chooses, he “still has enough power to . . . force a debate” on the convention floor.