During the same fundraising speech in which he made reference to the 47% who were going to vote for President Obama, Mitt Romney was even more candid about the Palestinians:
I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is the one which I've held for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.
After speaking about Iranian ambitions on the West Bank, Romney went on to say:
And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel.
Romney also mentions that a former Secretary of State recently called and indicated the possibility of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians after the Palestinian elections. He did not disclose which Secretary of State nor why he or she believed that to be true. Regardless of which Secretary of State said this to Romney, this seems like wishful thinking to me.
I'm glad to see that a presidential candidate who is honest enough to admit that he cannot make peace in the Middle East. He is absolutely right to say that Palestinians aren't interested in peace with Israel. It's kind of hard to make peace with someone who wants to destroy you. So long as Palestinians name their streets, schools and soccer fields after those who have murdered Israelis and celebrate the murder of Israeli children by handing candies to their children there will never be peace. The time has come to have an White House that won't pressure Israel into entering a peace agreement the Palestinians don't want in the first place.
I must say that I like this side of Romney. He's more relaxed and at ease when he's engaged in straight talk. Mitt should let his hair down wherever he speaks.
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