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Thursday, October 27, 2016

WATCH: Romney Dismisses Two-State Solution In Part Two Of Leaked Video

Mother Jones has released a second segment of the hidden camera video showing Mitt Romney candidly addressing a private fundraiser in May, and it raises even more questions about the Republican nominee’s much derided foreign policy.

In the video, Romney answers a donor who asked how the “Palestinian problem” can be solved. “I’m torn by two perspectives in this regard,” Romney says. “One is the one which I’ve had 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.”

“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” that a two-state solution could work, Romney elaborates.

He later hedged on that dire prediction, noting that “On the other hand, I got a call from a former secretary of state. I won’t mention which one it was, but this individual said to me, you know, I think there’s a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis after the Palestinian elections. I said, ‘Really?’ And, you know, his answer was, ‘Yes, I think there’s some prospect.'”

How could that settlement be reached? Romney doesn’t know — as he told the donors, “I didn’t delve into it.”

Although the new segment of the video isn’t as explosive as the first, it provides another disturbing window into Romney’s outlook on foreign policy. Although Romney has publicly supported a two-state solution in the past, this video makes it abundantly clear that he does not have any peace plan more detailed than merely following Israel’s lead.

Indeed, at one point Romney tells the donors that “The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Palestinians to act is the worst idea in the world,” and that the best plan would be to “kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.” That from a man who routinely criticizes President Obama for “leading from behind.”

Additionally, Romney’s conclusion that peace in the Middle East is essentially impossible certainly contradicts his adviser Richard Williamson’s assertion that there wouldn’t even be protests in the region if Romney were president.

If the rest of the video obtained by Mother Jones turns out to be as destructive for Romney as the first two parts were, then Bloomberg‘s Josh Barro may be proven correct: this video could be the tipping point that costs Romney the election.

UPDATE: Mother Jones has posted the full video of Romney’s May 17 fundraiser.

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  • daniel bostdorf

    Romney is blatently pandering to Netanyahu who is the REAL impediment to a settlement between Israel and Palestinians.

    He thinks Palestinian problem can’t be solved because it is their fault?

    Instead of a stateman’s like approach, or presidentail approach, he arbitrarily sides with the right wing Netanyahu. Like his pandering to The Teaparty…

    Russia’s Putin, who supports Romney, wants Iran and Syria to dominate, not Israel.

    If Romney’s elected, Israel will take out Iran’s nukes. And keep going after Syria..

    • tokoloshi27

      DB; Be serious & belay the bile for few minutes. This “peace” issue has been festering for over 50 years. To say Netanyahu is the real impediment is specious because the sure money says that you don’t have a solution either. Nor did Romney say the Palestinians were the problem, the way I heard it he indicated other Arab states were the problem…this has demonstrably been true for decades. The Palestinians have been rejected by the other Arab states since their ancestors were “ordered” to leave Palestine in the ’40s and ’50s by the Pan-Arabian leaders of the time; the plan, of course, was that they would steamroll the Israelis into the sea – which didn’t happen as we know.

      This left the Palestinians in the situation where they were alternately shunned in private and embraced in public by the other Arab states. The same states that failed them then demanded they continue the war(s) and kept the Palestinians dependent on them for their necessities. Anything bad that happened to them was the Israelis’ fault.

      Romney is exactly correct with his field analogy; there are no viable prospects for “peace” all any international leader can do is try to keep the current “peace” by suppressing any outright violence from blowing up into another war (keeping the ball in bounds). Critical to this is keeping our nation’s word and supporting the state of Israel. The current ambivalence from State really is not helpful, it doesn’t make us any friends with the Arab nations; it just emphasizes how weak our leadership’s will is right now.

  • minimouse45

    Nice that Romney has FINALLY spoke the truth about something. This is the way Romney really feels about the middle class with his enthusiastic money changers eating it up !

  • The GOP knows that Jewish-Americans constitute one of the most loyal and influential constituencies in the Democratic party and, not surprisingly, they are doing everything they can to convince them that President Obama is a danger to Israel and that Mitt Romney will tow the line for Netanyahu. It remains to be seen whether or not a well educated and sophisticated segment of our society takes the bait.

  • William Deutschlander

    Romney / Ryan Pathalogical LIARS filled with deception and deceit!

  • nomaster

    Willard the Ratman has to be most inexperienced, inefficient person ever as he does not appear to understand anything about foreign policy. Sure you have to learn on the job with experience however you should be entering the realm with a little knowledge instead of wait and see what happens. Foreign realtions is a two way street, my way or the street is not a feasible way of dealing with explosive foreign relations problems. If Willard the Ratman wins not even his bag of rats and Ben the rat will save him.

  • howa4x

    Romney identifies with the right wing party in Israel called the Likud. They preach settlement building and they are the ones to slap the face of our president. When trying to get a 2 state soultion Obama asked Netanyahu to stop building them. Likud responded by issuing more building permits for more settlements on the West Bank while Obama was still in Israel.
    Do we have to wonder why Obama is cool to Netanyahu, and why he is openly backing Romney? Bibi knows that Mitt will do whatever he says including making threatening statements toward Iran. Romney will let Israel determine our policy in the region. Mitt has the same contempt toward the Palastinans, as the lower class working people here. He couldn’t make peace because he shows his bias upfront. He dosen’t understand that the average person in the middle east dosen’t trust us. Why should they? We backed dictators and Kings that suppressed the people’s freedom. Now by making predjucial statements Romney confirms that distrust. This is one guy that if elected will never be able to make peace in the region.

  • The real Romney will be seen in the debates. They real ryan will be exposed in the debates. President Obama and Vice President Biden will pull the covers off of both of them. We will all have a rign-side seat.