Mitt Romney

It's Palestine's Turn to Get Mad at Romney

Culture and economic comparisons between Israel and Palestine draw criticism.


A three-nation foreign expedition envisioned as a relatively low-key endeavor took its second major turn toward controversy Monday when Mitt Romney spoke at a Jerusalem fundraiser about the role culture plays in the relative strengths of the economies of Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Addressing a small crowd of American citizens at the King David Hotel, Romney noted that during his business career he had been interested in the economic disparities among nations.

"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita for instance in Israel, which is about $21,000, and you compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice a dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality," he said. "And that is also between other countries that are near or next to each other."

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  1. The main fact is that Israel is committing State terrorism on a people that can not defend themselves.

    But the retaliation from Israel is so harsh, brutal and excessive that it is hard to imagine.
    Israel is slowly choking the Palestinians, depriving them of a minimum of a normal, decent life.

    20-30 years ago, Israel had a basic sympathy from most of the Western world. Not so now. An extensive survey by BBC shows that “favorable” to Israel is down to 21 %.

    And now Mitt Romney is in Israel…… I always wonder if most Americans even bother to even try to understand the effects some of his statements have. He says that “Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel”. THAT is one of the most difficult issues in the conflict, and even the US has never accepted that as a solution. Then he goes on and somewhat implying that if he was elected President, and Israels attacks Iran, the US would stand by them. —- In that region there are close to 500 million Muslims, and although Iran is not the most popular country in that area, Israel is hated. So, if Israel really attacked Iran, the consequences would be a major disaster, including the involvement of the US troops in Iraq.

    Just the idea that Mitt Romney should be elected President of the US actually makes me frightened.

    1. Well Jan, the good news is that either Romney or Obama will lose the election.

      The bad news is that one of them will win.

      1. Well, Isaac, Obama seems to have at least some idea about foreign policy and is careful about statements when he is abroad. When he travels, he has his whole staff of advisers with him….
        Mitt Romney, in his arrogant lack of knowledge, has none or maybe one that has even less knowledge or respect for other cultures….. So, what would be your choice??

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