Palestinians are not pleased with Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel

posted at 5:21 pm on July 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Before departing for Poland, Romney held a fundraiser in Israel during which he made some comments about the Middle East’s various economies that Palestinians apparently found rather uncouth. Oh, dear — however could Romney have made such a fatally gauche error? Heaven knows we would never want to offend anyone.

“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and 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 such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” Romney said.

(Figures on the United Nations’ website actually indicate a much greater disparity between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel had a per capita GDP of $27,060 in 2009, while the 2009 per capita GDP of the occupied Palestinian territory was listed as $1,367.) …

“He says if you can learn anything from the economic history of the world, it’s this: culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said.

…[H]is remark Monday in Israel drew a sharp reaction from Sa’eb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

“This man, before he came here, he should have got some education about Israelis, Palestinians, and the region,” Erekat said. “The Romney statements on Jerusalem and the racist statements about the Israeli culture being superior to the Palestinian culture reflect someone who needs to be educated, who needs knowledge. His statements are serving those extremist in the region now, and will serve extremists unfortunately.”

Er, yes… I’m sure you can find some racism in there somewhere, especially if you’re a moral relativist who doesn’t believe that a people’s collective belief systems shape their socio-political institutions which in turn shape their economies… or if you get your talking points from MSNBC. Sorry, but I don’t see this as a “gaffe” or a “fumble” at all, as much as Team Obama would no doubt like to illustrate it as such:

The White House was subtly gleeful today as Mitt Romney’s campaign dealt with the latest group to be offended during the Republican presidential candidate’s overseas tour that was intended to showcase his foreign policy credentials. …

“One of the challenges of being an actor on the international stage, particularly when you’re traveling to such a sensitive part of the world, is that your comments are very closely scrutinized for meaning, for nuance, for motivation,” Obama Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today in the White House briefing.

“And it is clear that there are some people who have taken a look at those comments and are scratching their heads a little bit.”

Well, I’ve taken a look at his comments, and I’m not scratching my head even a little bit. Romney went on to point out that the differences you can see in the Middle East are the same differences you can see between “Chile and Ecuador; Mexico and the United States.” Maybe that’s something the Palestinians don’t want to hear, but I’d prefer a president willing to risk the ire of one group rather than tiptoeing around trying not to offend anyone. Spend your time trying to please everyone, and you end up pleasing no one — and you oftentimes sacrifice your integrity, to boot.

 


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t is not in America’s interest to take sides in Syria, especially as the anti-Assad side is made up of a lot of MB and AlQ and other Christian haters. Let Muslims be Muslims and kill each other. It takes their eyes off us. Sun Tzu did not say “When your enemies are at each others throats, get in between them”.

VorDaj on July 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

What would he say about chemical weapons already on missiles in the hands of AlQaida?

I am not saying we need to send in the military or something, but is no more in the interest of the US for the likes of Hezbellah to get hold of Syria’s chemical weapons than it is for Iran to get the bomb.

And besides, Assad has never been our friend..some of those people over there actually wanted real reform. They might not get it, but then again,I have always wondered if things might be different today if the US had actually been more supportive of the Green Revolution in Iran.

Terrye on July 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

brian williams will gleefully report this tonight, i’m sure…

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I bet most Americans will agree with Romney.

Terrye on July 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Former Polish President Lech Walesa Endorses Mitt Romney.

Hee Haw!!!

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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Wow.

I wonder how our Labor Union bosses over here are going to react to that.

listens2glenn on July 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Terrye on July 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

yup

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I didn’t realize that the arabs living in Gaza and the Israeli West Bank were such an important voting bloc in the US political arena.

sultanp on July 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I judge a man by both his friends and enemies.

This is plus to rational people.

jukin3 on July 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

lol
tingles is UPSET with dissing the palenstinians….

toooooo funny

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Badger40 on July 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

You can’t be more correct.The middle east is a sewer.They live like animals by choice.I’ve seen grown men crap right outside their front door.I was an Army medic for over 30 years and we had to ream out a Jihads penis that was packed with crap from all of his buggery.A person can learn to hate.

docflash on July 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Maybe if the Palestinians spent a little less time trying to destroy Israel, and a little more time focusing on how to actually produce something [besides weapons], they’d have their own economically viable sovereign state right now.

Israel is NOT the road block to peace in the middle east. It’s shocking how many people don’t understand that.

Violina23 on July 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I bet most Americans will agree with Romney.

Terrye on July 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s true. Doesn’t make Romney any less right though…

Violina23 on July 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The Palis are sitting on some of the most prime real estate in the world: a Mediterranean coast line. If they gave up their hate and turned their attention to tourism, they could reverse that salary gap in a few years.

Unfortunately, when you’ve been breeding hate into your children for seventy years, there isn’t much hope of reversing it.

Odysseus on July 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Yep, ‘gaza’ could be Acapulco on the Med if not for the corruption of islamic society.

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Palestinians are not pleased with Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel

But they love our Muslim President, who freaking cares what these animals think

skanter on July 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Next, cut off all aid

Hening on July 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Sounds to me like a glowing endorsement for Mitt. Obambi would be tripping all over himself apologizing and bowing to this cretin Erekat (with apologies to cretins everywhere.)

Dopenstrange on July 30, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I just know that the religious Jewish establishment with which I am acquainted tends to be irrationally socialist.

ironked on July 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Little late with the reply here, but unless things are very different where you are, by religious I imagine you mean “communally involved”. Religiously observant Jews are by and large conservative politically, while non-observant Jews tend to be hard lefties regardless of their level of communal involvement.

ChicagoJewishGuy on July 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

seeing how there’s no such thing as a palestinian and no such country as palestine- who cares.

mittens on July 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

If you’ve manage to tick off the most level-headed people on earth — “The Palestinians” — you must be doing something very, very, very wrong.

Axe on July 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I’m so sick of their race-baiting. The Arab countries cried “racism” when there were calls for a moment of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered 40 years ago by Palestinian terrorists, who are considered “heroes” in the Middle East. Yet, no one called the Lebanese “racist” when they demanded a wall be constructed between themselves and the Israeli judo team in a practise facility.

Just One Minute: A Moment of Silence Is Too Much To Ask, But Segregation Is Not?

Tear. Down. That. Wall.

And, if the Lebanese and the rest of the fanatical members of a misogynistic, child-abusing, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, bigoted, Christophobic, maniacal, homicidal, suicidal, totalitarian, barbaric 7th century death cult do not like it, they can leave…as they have threatened to do.

The West should be ashamed of itself to give in to such racist intolerance.

Resist We Much on July 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

THIS X 1,000,000. But have you walked around London in the last 8 or so years? Huge parts of London are indistinguishable from Tehran or Riyadh. They’re ultimately just trying to be good Dhimmi hosts on a larger scale than usual.

baldylox on July 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

THIS X 1,000,000. But have you walked around London in the last 8 or so years? Huge parts of London are indistinguishable from Tehran or Riyadh. They’re ultimately just trying to be good Dhimmi hosts on a larger scale than usual.

baldylox on July 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Thanks. Yes, I’ve spent a lot of time there. Londonistan is my hometown and much of my family still lives there.

Resist We Much on July 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Romney is growing on me. He’s pissing off all the right people.

mrsmwp on July 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Microchips versus… suicide belts.

High tech medical devices versus… falafel carts.

Symphony orchestras versus… howling muezzins.

As with the London Olympics, Mitt is right again.

profitsbeard on July 30, 2012 at 10:18 PM

The Romney statements on Jerusalem and the racist statements about the Israeli culture being superior to the Palestinian culture reflect someone who needs to be educated, who needs knowledge.

Memes ≠ Genes.

Tzetzes on July 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Of course Israeli culture is superior. No Israeli has ever blown him or herself up in a market, a crowded hotel dining room, or a bus filled with schoolchildren.

Mitt was just speaking the truth.

Meryl Yourish on July 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM

And, if the Lebanese and the rest of the fanatical members of a misogynistic, child-abusing, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic, bigoted, Christophobic, maniacal, homicidal, suicidal, totalitarian, barbaric 7th century death cult do not like it, they can leave…as they have threatened to do.

Resist We Much on July 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

And the first cousin sex stuff. A lot of their problems probably stem from it.

Kyle_Reese on July 31, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Former Polish President Lech Walesa Endorses Mitt Romney.

Hee Haw!!!

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

That is such great news, I saw Romney’s warm reception by Walesa…the only other Eastern/CEntral EUropean leader that I admired more than Walesa was probably Havel, but Walesa is and always will be a favourite of mine…

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Yep, it’s the culture.

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
Winston Churchill

SoonerMarine on July 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Screw the Palestinians; they bet their future on Hitler, in World War II; their horse lost. And now, all they do is whine, and do terror bombing. I say we should start returning their bombs to them. I think our pilots can deliver the Palestinian bombs right back where they came from. And just to show you there’s no hard feelings, here’s a few extra bombs.

uncle_fweddy on July 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

(Figures on the United Nations’ website actually indicate a much greater disparity between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel had a per capita GDP of $27,060 in 2009, while the 2009 per capita GDP of the occupied Palestinian territory was listed as $1,367.) …

Yeah, more like it. Where did Romney’s people get those absurd numbers?

Jaibones on July 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM

As for the vermin in the territories, Mitt continues to build all the right enemies.

Jaibones on July 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

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