Is the Tarrant County GOP Turning its Back on Israel?
James Scott Trimm
Tarrant County Texas has recently become a battleground for the soul of the Republican Party Concerning Israel. Tarrant County is the largest County Republican Party in Texas, and the only majority urban Republican Party in Texas or the USA. If the Tarrant County GOP turns its back on Israel, the national party may soon follow. Anyone who loves Israel should watch this matter with great concern.
The Tarrant County GOP is turning its back on the Pro-Israel Texas GOP Platform, in an effort to appeal to the mostly anti-Israel Islamic Community, as illustrated in the meme below, which is circulating on Facebook:
The 2018 Texas Republican Party Platform declares concerning Israel:
207. Israel: We are grateful that the US Embassy in Israel has been moved to Jerusalem. We believe that Jerusalem should remain Israel’s undivided capital, accessible to people of all faiths. The United States should continue to support Israel militarily, financially, and technologically. We oppose any pressuring of Israel to make concessions they believe would jeopardize their security. We strongly oppose the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, on all levels, including and especially on college campuses, at the United Nations, and by anti-West non-governmental organizations. We believe there should not be a Palestinian state within the historical borders of Israel. Our policy is inspired by God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel, and we further invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise.
This was very clear at the 2012 DNC convention. Support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel (which it presently is) had been removed from their party platform, by the influence of Muslims and their allies in the DNC. This was conspicuous and a floor vote was quickly called to reverse this and place it back in the platform, where it had been for many years. The result of the floor vote sounded like a no to most of us, but after it was recalled twice, it was declared a “yes” vote over the boos of Muslim delegates, some of whom were pictured in the broadcast showing their displeasure.
This anti-Israel sentiment has infested the Democratic Party in recent years. Will it now infiltrate the Republican Party as well?
Recently the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported on this issue. Unfortunately the liberal Star Telegram has spun this as a matter of GOP bigotry towards Muslims, headlining the article "Some Tarrant Republicans renew push to oust Muslim from top party post"
At the September meeting of the Executive Committee, Dr. Shafi addressed the body, but completely ignored calls for him to make a public statement supporting the GOP pro-Israel platform.
A letter is being circulated, signed by several Precinct Chairs, supporting Shafi. How about a letter supporting Israel and our party platform? Even better, how about a letter signed by Shafi publicly supporting Israel with Jerusalem as its undivided capital and opposing creation of a Palestinian state within the historic borders of Israel?
At its November 10th meeting the Tarrant County Republican Party Executive Committee, will take up a vote on whether or not Dr. Shafi should continue to represent the GOP.
(My original blog on this issue is found here)
You can contact the Tarrant County Republican Party here: