360° Coverage : Romney Palestine Comments Lead To Trouble

Romney Palestine Comments Lead To Trouble

Not good for Romney's foreign policy credentials

Jul 30 2012, 5:21pm CDT | by

Romney Palestine Comments Lead To Trouble

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's first overseas trip since clinching the Republican nomination is already leading to one of his first overseas blunders. The candidate is playing damage control over comments he made in Jerusalem.

In a speech to donors at the King David Hotel, Romney said, "As you come here and you see the G.D.P. per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the G.D.P. 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."

Critics took his remarks to mean that the cultural differences between Israelis and Palestinians are the reason why Israel has a much stronger economy.

But supports of Palestine saw this as a complete oversight of the fact that the Israeli government has imposed crippling sanctions and trade restrictions that have affected the Palestinian economy.

The Romney campaign swiftly responded to say that his remarks were "grossly micharacterized" and taken out of context.

Nevertheless, it isn't what the Romney camp wanted to be focusing on. Romney has made a strong play to garner support among the Jewish community.

Via New York Times


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
With more than 10 years as a professional writer, Mark Raby has an undeniable pulse on the latest trends. From the quiet rumors to the breaking news of the day, his eagle eye is always focused on the newest scoop and figuring out how and why the big newsmakers are noteworthy and relevant. He is based in New York City.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing".
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the free online dictionary, in its largest quarterly update so far.