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Mitt Romney told his Jewish donors that the success Jewish people have achieved is mainly an outcome of their culture. It has been because of their culture that they are more economically successfully than the Palestinians. Romney – the Republican Presidential candidate is currently touring Israel, where he is on a fund raising mission for his Presidency.
Palestinians, on the other hand, have rightfully accused US Republican candidate Mitt Romney of racism and said that he is completely out of touch with the realities of Palestinians and Middle East on the whole. There remains no doubt in saying Romney’s exaggerated loyalty towards the Jews and Israel has indeed blinded him to see the truth.
"If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it's this: culture makes all the difference, recognize the hand of providence in selecting this place," Romney said.
Extending his lecture on culture he then moved to discuss the fundamental economic differences that prevail between Israel and Palestine. One can appreciate him for his accurate facts and figures, but he definitely fails when it comes to rationale.
"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, 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," he said.
According to Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator in the peace process, Romney’s comments amounted to "a racist statement that shows a lack of knowledge". Every other child is well aware of the fact that Palestinians cannot reach their full potential given the restrictions that Israel has imposed on them. In such a situation it would be foolish for a person who aspires to be the president of United States to talk in such a biased way.
Since the 1967 war Israel controls the borders of the West Bank and allows thousands of Israelis to live on illegal settlements in Palestinian territory. The movement of Palestinians is highly restricted outside and inside the West Bank. Either Romney did not know this or he intentionally overlooked it because not only love, but loyalty is also blind as in the case of Romney.
But is it okay to blame Romney for his remarks? After all, he has managed to successfully raise $1 million for his campaign during his Israel visit. Undermining the shaky Middle East peace process and apologizing to the Palestinians? Well, why should he?