#RomneyShambles 2 – The Israel Edition

Posted on July 31, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard

Mitt accused of racism once again whilst upping the ante on Iran

After leaving a trail of mishaps and cock-ups on his visit to Britain, Mitt Romney’s tri-nation tour continued in the same vein in Israel. After pissing the British off in grand style, the square-headed muppet from Michigan was at it again, only this time in far more sinister fashion. Are there no lengths this poisonous man won’t go to in order to court votes?

1 – Israel has a higher GDP per capita than Palestine thanks to its ‘culture’

The Palestinians are outraged at what they believe to be racially motivated comments from Romney regarding the economic disparity between Israel and themselves. The Republican candidate claims economics is his strong suit, yet, even to those without the mormon’s background in business, his latest analysis is absurd.

Our Mitt doesn’t seem to think that the occupation of the West Bank by Israeli forces is the reason Palestine’s GDP per head is lower than Israel’s. Oh no. The Mitt Romney school of economics says “culture” is the reason. Yeah, way to go Mitt!

During a speech to fundraisers in Jerusalem, Mitt said:

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.

If you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it’s this: culture makes all the difference…. I recognize the hand of providence in selecting this place.

And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognise the power of at least culture and a few other things.

Not only does Mitt’s theory miss the target badly, his figures were also wrong, with the disparity between the two nations in terms of per capita GDP in fact much wider than he claims.

So you see, Palestine has an inferior culture to Israel and that’s why they are less financially sound.

Team Romney’s campaign spokesperson claimed Mitt’s quotes had been “grossly mischaracterised”. Hmmmm, I suppose the infamous “Anglo Saxon” comments were also mischaracterised were they? What a cretin.

2 – Jerusalem, the capital of Israel

For most people, one political storm of that magnitude would be enough but for not Mitt Romney. The moronic mormon has a gift that keeps on giving. On Sunday, he described Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel”, showing blatant disregard for Palestinian claims to the city. Most of the world refuses to recognise Jerusalem in the way Romney matter-of-factly did. Advocates of a two-state solution know that East Jerusalem is vital to the existence of Palestine.

In my eyes, his comments are aggressive and unhelpful; aimed purely at winning Jewish votes back home and securing funding from Israeli supporters. Indeed, one man in attendance at the Romney fundraiser in Jerusalem was a casino owner from Las Vegas named Sheldon Adelson who has thus far committed £10m to a Romney supporting ‘Superpac’. It’s the latest example of how vested interests corrupt politics.

3 – Watch out Iran

Although Mitt’s analysis of the economic situation in Israel and Palestine surprised a few, or, as the Whitehouse claimed, left people “scratching their heads a little bit”, his anti-Iran rhetoric was fully expected, though no less disturbing. Where Barack Obama has at least urged caution, continually pushing the line that Israeli military action against Iran should be a last resort, Romeny’s attitude is far more gung-ho, denouncing the Iranian regime as a “radical theocracy”, and stressing that the USA should be prepared to use “any and all measures” to stop a nuclear Iran.

In the final analysis, of course no option should be excluded. We recognise Israel’s right to defend itself, and it is right for America to stand with you

We have seen the horrors of history. We will not stand by. We will not watch them play out again.

We have a solid duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.

The whole thing had the hallmark of a man desperate to look ridiculously pro-Israeli. He wants to differentiate himself from Obama on foreign policy, desperately seeking the votes of hawks who love to see America flex their military muscles.

Earlier in the day, Team Romney had said that their official line is to back unilateral Israeli military action against Iran.

If Israel has to take action on its own, in order to stop Iran from developing that capability, the governor would respect that decision. (Dan Senor, Romney’s senior national security aide).

So there you have it. Any American desperate to see a huge war in the Middle East should cast their vote for Romney, a man hellbent on seeing Iran attacked. What a guy.

 

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