In a video released Tuesday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is highly unlikely, because unlike the Israelis, the PA has “no interest whatsoever” in making peace with Israel. The video, which shows Romney speaking at a recent fundraiser in Florida, was posted Tuesday on the web site of ultra-liberal Mother Jones magazine.
At the event, Romney was asked if the “Palestinian problem” could be solved. Romney replied that the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish. I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way,” Romney said.
Asked what his policy would be, Romney said that it would be to “move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem — and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
The White House slammed Romney’s remarks, saying that President Obama’s predecessors, both Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush, were very active in the search for Middle East peace. “It is simply the wrong approach to say, we can’t do anything about it, so we’ll just kick it down the field,” said Obama spokesman Jay Carney. “That’s not leadership. That’s the opposite of leadership.”
The video was the second released by Mother Jones of Romney’s remarks in Florida. In the first installment, Romney said that most Democrats were “victims” who are dependent on government handouts and would vote for Obama no matter what he did or said.
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