WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, wilting under intense pressure from from Republican opponents and powerful pro-Israel groups, directed the Democratic Party on Wednesday to amend its platform (manifesto) to restore language declaring Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.The change, approved in a voice vote that had to be taken three times because of a chorus of no’s in the arena, reinstated the line “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel” in a section that describes  Obama’s policy toward the Jewish state. That sentence was in the 2008 platform, but the Democrats removed it this year, saying they wanted to spotlight other elements of Obama’s policy, and that the platform should reflect a sitting president rather than a candidate for office.Diplomats said the Democratic Party’s position is in violation of UN Security Council resolutions which state that the final status of will be decided in talks between Israelis and Palestinians.After a day of protests and the prospect of an onslaught of Republican attack ads, the president and the Democrats reversed course, according to media reports. The Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said in a statement in Charlotte, Carolina, that the change was made to “maintain consistency with the personal views expressed by the president and in the Democratic Party platform in 2008.”A senior administration official said: “The president expressed his view in 2008, and it hasn’t changed. The party platform has not changed from 2008. And the position of the United States government hasn’t changed in decades as it relates to Israel’s capital and peace negotiations.”Delegates also voted to put “God” back in the platform, amending a section about the government’s role in helping people reach their “God-given potential.” The removal of “God-given” had left the platform without any references to God, giving Republicans a target to paint the party as out of touch with family values.The changes were meant to be a routine bit of business, conducted by the convention’s chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But they turned into a minor spectacle after the hall seemed balanced between yes and no votes, providing an unruly start to an evening meant to showcase attacks on Mitt Romney by former President Bill Clinton and others.The Romney campaign pounced, saying, “Mitt Romney has consistently stated his belief that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.” Claiming that Mr. Obama had refused to state his position, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, “Now is the time for President Obama to state in unequivocal terms whether or not he believes Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.”