Mitt Romney gets caught on tape once again. Another video was released to Mother Jones that showed the candidate talking about the conflict between Israel and Palestine, badmouthing the nation in one video by saying that they aren't actually interested in peace at all.
This is the second set of videos that has been released to the magazine Mother Jones. The first video showed Romney telling donors that the half of the country that supported Obama were basically freeloaders on government assistance, who pay no taxes and think that they are entitled to food, housing and other items.
The current video, which was actually shot in May, told a different group of donors that the conflict between the nations of Palestine and Israel will continue to "remain an unsolved problem," because "the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace."
The Romney campaign had an emergency statement overnight, not apologizing, but saying that the statements were "off the cuff." There has not yet been a statement about the second video. While the second video does not contain an out-and-out blatant alienation of a percentage of the American population, it does contain a clue as to what Romney's foreign policy might be when it comes to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Basically, there is no foreign policy because Romney thinks that the nations don't want peace.
"These are problemsÂ—these are very hard to solve, all right?" Romney said. "And 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 ticked off the Palestines in July in Jerusalem as well, by saying the their culture was to blame for the reason that they don't have the economy that Israel does.
That leaves Palestinian officials confused and quite annoyed with Romney once again. Hanan Ashrawi, a top Palestine Liberation Organization official said in an interview with The Globe: "Such an irresponsible pronouncement does not serve the cause of peace. I'm really amazed," she added. "If you are a leader and hope to claim the highest pole, you can't say this is too difficult. If you think you will drop anything as complicated or difficult means you abdicated responsibility."
A Palestine negotiator with Israel, Saeb Erekat, strongly disagreed with Romney's ridiculous statement that Palestine didn't want peace. "I hope that if Mitt Romney had really said that, he would reconsider this," he said in an interview. "Palestinians and Israelis need peace and need all those who can help make peace...Those who believe in democracy and peace must redouble their efforts. I hope Mr. Romney will redouble his efforts to see that peace is achievable in the region."