The New York Times has developed a wonderful tool to see how often any given word was used at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
There was a bit of excitement at the DNC as Democrats were criticized for removing any mention of Israel from their platform (Republicans had removed all but one mention of Israel from their platform.) Democrats were quick to amend the platform and restore the language regarding Israel.
However, I still wondered how central Israel was to the Democrats and the Republicans at the National Conventions, so I used the New York Times’ “At the National Conventions, the Words They Used” tool:
It turns out that Democrats mentioned Israel over four times as often as did Republicans.
|At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, Democrats mentioned Israel 68 times per 250,000 words.
Former US Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) led the pack along with discussion of Israel by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and President Barack Obama.
|Meanwhile, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, Republicans mentioned Israel 15 times per 250,000 words.
Israel was mentioned by Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Congressional candidate Mark Meadows (R-TX).
Examples from all eight speakers follow the jump.
Robert Wexler (D-FL), Former U.S. representative
Four years ago, I stood at the convention podium in Denver affirming Barack Obama’s heartfelt, steadfast commitment to the state of Israel.
Over the past four years, the president has proven this commitment time and again, in both word and deed. And the Democratic platform reflects the president’s unflinching commitment to Israel’s security and future as a Jewish state.
To strengthen Israel’s qualitative military advantage, the president has increased security assistance to Israel to record levels — more than any other president.
When he visited Sderot in 2008 — an Israeli town along the Gaza border besieged by constant rocket attacks, President Obama saw for himself the toll terrorism takes on Israelis. And that’s why he secured the funds to deploy the iron dome anti-rocket defense system which has already saved countless Israeli lives.
And under President Obama, the U.S. and Israel are firmly committed to stopping one of the gravest threats to international security: Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. The president has explicitly stated that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable” And that He will mobilize all instruments of U.S. power- economic, diplomatic, Intelligence, And military — to prevent, not contain, a nuclear Iran.
Due to the president’s strong leadership, Iran is more isolated than ever. He has marshaled the international community to impose the most crippling sanctions in history. Iran’s oil exports have plummeted and its currency value has been slashed in half.
Not only has he stoodup to Iran, President Obama Also has bravely Stood up for Israel In the international community.
- When the anti-Israel Goldstone report was released, questioning Israel’s right to self-defense, President Obama challenged it.
- When the U.N. held the Israel-bashing Durban conference, President ObamaLed an international boycott of it.
- When a violent Egyptian mob stormed the Israeli embassy In Cairo, it was President Obama Whointervened to ensure the safety Of the Israelis Trapped inside.
- In the wake Of the Gaza flotilla, President Obama’s support for Israel never waned.
Now, the president’s opponents have been busy distorting his record.
Last week, Mitt Romney claimed that the president has thrown Israel “under the bus.”
Perhaps Mr. Romney should listen to those who know best — Israel’s leaders.
- Listen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has thanked president Obama For “unprecedented” security cooperation and for wearing His support For the Jewish state as a “badge of honor.”
- Listen to Defense minister Ehud Barak Who has repeatedly declared that president Obama Has done more for Israeli security than any U.S. president He can remember.
- And listen to Israel’s beloved president, Shimon Peres, Who recently said, “Mr. President, You have pledged a lasting friendship For Israel. You stated that Israel’s security is ‘sacrosanct’ for you. So you pledged. So you act. So you’re acting. As a great leader, as a genuine friend.”
Now is the time to continue the strong us-Israel relationship.
Now is the time to stand with Israel As it works toward peace and security… Toward two states, a secure Israel Living side by side with an independent, Non-militarized Palestinian state.
Now is the time to support Israel As a thriving, Democratic, and secure homeland for the Jewish people by re-electing Barack Obama As president of the United States.
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel, to tighten sanctions on Iran and take nothing off the table.
And when it comes to Israel, my friends, I’ll take the word of Israel’s prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
When it comes to one of our closest allies, Israel, President Obama has been resolute. (Cheers, applause.) The two biggest threats to Israel are the threat of nuclear weapons from Iran and the launching of Hezbollah rockets from Lebanon.
The president has imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, and provided record amounts of security to aid Israel.
President Barack Obama (D-IL)
Our commitment to Israel’s security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)
President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus – (boos) – even has he as relaxed sanctions on Castro’s Cuba.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R-CA)
They know that our friends and allies must again be able to trust us. From Israel to Colombia, from Poland to the Philippines, our allies and friends have to know that we will be reliable and consistent and determined.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
We can’t afford to cause our friends and allies, from Latin America, to Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East and especially in Israel, a nation under existential threat, to doubt America’s leadership.
Congressional Candidate Mark Meadows (R-NC)
We need a White House that will unflinchingly support our strongest ally, Israel. (Cheers, applause.) We need a president who believes in America.