Latest Romney “embarrassment”: Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolvable under current conditions

posted at 9:21 am on September 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

If this is the second-best clip that Mother Jones has on Mitt Romney, I think his campaign can breathe a sigh of relief.  MJ headlines this as “On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution,” but that’s not accurate.  What Romney actually says is that peace isn’t possible because the Palestinians won’t accept a two-state plan as a permanent solution … a point that has been obvious ever since Yasser Arafat walked away from a carefully-crafted deal at the end of the Clinton administration and called for another intifada.  With Hamas now in the mix and their parent group Muslim Brotherhood taking control of Egypt, the Palestinians have even less incentive to accept a permanent state of Israel.

All Romney does here is describe the situation realistically rather than aspirationally:

A new and potentially embarrassing video has surfaced from the same fundraising event that got Mitt Romney into hot water on Monday, but this time the focus is on foreign policy and peace between Israelis and Palestinians, which he calls  “almost unthinkable.”

In the video, Romney responds to a question about the “Palestinian problem” by saying that Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.” …

In the lengthy and detailed comments at a fundraising dinner in Boca Raton, Fla., in May, Romney describes how he believes a two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis would be nearly impossible to achieve, saying, “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.’”

Later, he says that, “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.”

What exactly is supposed to be “embarrassing” about this?  It’s a more honest assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we’ve seen in decades from presidential-level politics, from either party.  Barack Obama promised that his leadership would lead to a breakthrough in the impasse, but he set the process back several decades by fumbling the question of construction in Jerusalem, which Mahmoud Abbas hadn’t raised as a deal-stopper until Obama handed him the issue.  That’s embarrassing.  I’d rather hear an American President talk straight about the impasse and the actual problem rather than provide us another Lucy-and-the-football promise for something over which we have little actual control.


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A brilliant strategy to release this now which helps Romney tremendously by focusing back on the economic failures of Obowma.

For all the Harvard elites in their ranks, the dems sure are morons.

dthorny on September 18, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Well duh…I bet that 80% of the people in this country would agree with this.

Terrye on September 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM

The legacy media never seemed to like James O’Keefe’s work like they do this one…?

d1carter on September 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM

That’s because O’Keefe went out after fifth columnists and Democrat politicians but I repeat myself.

Happy Nomad on September 18, 2012 at 4:42 PM

These damning videos have sure turned out to be a boon for the Romney campaign.

sandbagger on September 18, 2012 at 5:13 PM

“Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”

Hamas Charter

Rea1ityCheck on September 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Easy to overcome…just say “rather than waiting for a sentence that he can criticize, waiting for someone to say one or two words out of hours of speeches, Obama should concentrate on the economy or making our embassies overseas safe…he should go to security meetings and listen to those words, and we would be a lot better nation”

right2bright on September 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

“An ambassador killed, 2 seals killed, embassy’s stormed, mass protests, and a Marine fixed wing squadron virtually destroyed in A-stan with its CO as one of the KIA….and they think Romney has has a bad couple weeks?”

rayra on September 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Kudlow on his 7pm show had some reactions from ‘palestinian’ officials. They are all exercised as you would expect, they think that their ‘issue’ should be the central topic of US politics. (Rioting starts at 11:00)

Governor Romney should double down on this one. His objective should be for the ‘palestinians’ to formally endorse little Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on September 18, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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