According to the Associated Press (AP), Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential wannabe Willard Mitt Romney told Jewish donors this week it was their culture that allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians, which of course outraged Palestinian leaders who called immediately called Willard’s comments not only out of touch but racist.
“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,” Willard mewed.
It took no time for Palestinian leaders to react, “It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” said Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
But the criticism of Romney didn’t end there, “It seems to me this man (Romney) lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people,” Erekat added. “He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”
According to the AP, the economic disparity between the Israelis and the Palestinians is actually much greater than Romney claimed. Israel had a per capita gross domestic product of about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza had a per capita GDP of just over $1,500, according to the World Bank.
Standing on Israeli soil for the first time as the GOTP’s presumptive presidential nominee, Willard declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has promised never to “look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.”
Romney’s campaign says his trip abroad, which began with his sophomoric missteps in England, was supposed to improve his foreign policy experience through a series of meetings with foreign leaders; instead it’s been a very clear demonstration of how completely unprepared Willard is to assume the role as America’s President.