Romney: What He Knows About Palestine That Bush and Rice Would Not Acknowledge

One of the most refreshing pieces of news in a long time in the U.S. is that Mitt Romney clearly understands that a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine will never happen. Why? Because Palestine will not accept Israel’s right to exist. It’s that simple. George Bush would not acknowledge that fact. Condoleeza Rice wouldn’t acknowledge the fact. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas can fix the problem – not the U.S., not Russia, not the Arab League.

Mitt Romney

The website Mother Jones released a recording of Romney’s remarks made at a private fundraiser. Jimmy Carter’s grandson with the assistance of Mother Jones comumnist, David Corn, secretly recorded the event.

According to M-Jones, Romney said this:

“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.”

[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

Then the Leftist website went on to translate:

Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action

If Mother Jones can translate, so can I. Romney didn’t “indicate,” he would postpone significant action, he acknowledged there would be no significant action for a two-state solution without the Palestinian Authority and Hamas accepting Israel’s right to exist. The U.S. cannot make it happen, nor Russia. There would have been a two-state solution years ago, had the various governing Palestinian factions simply acknowledged Israel’s right to exist as a people. That’s what Israel has asked for to get final talks moving, and they have asked for it for years. Palestinian Charters and their versions of a Constitution call for the extermination of Israel. Israel wants the language removed, and Palestine has refused.

Jihad Watch May 31, 2011:

Whereas Hamas openly denies Israel’s right to exist in both English and Arabic, the PA professes in English before the international community to have recognized Israel’s right to exist. As documented by Palestinian Media Watch, when addressing its own people in Arabic, the PA – like Hamas – completely denies Israel’s right to exist.

In the same JihadWatch article linked above, long before the movie 2016: Obama’s America came out, Robert Spencer documents that the Palestinian Authority considers Jews and the Nation of Israel  colonialists, and having no connection to the land. As D’Souza in 2016 clearly demonstrated: colonialism is at the bottom of Obama’s agenda. Remember Obama Senior’s close friend, saying during an interview with D’Souza, that Senior ‘hated’ colonialism and the friend still ‘hates’ it today – he spit the words out and you could feel the deep-seeded emotion behind his hate. 2016 shows the former colonized areas of the world and the help Obama has given them, specifically, while denying America’s own interests. Then there’s the Churchill bust that was out of the White House immediately upon Obama’s arrival there. I believe D’Souza was spot-on.

“The Zionists must acknowledge publicly, in front of the world, that the Jews have no connection to the Palestinian Arab land, upon whose ruins arose the colonialist settler Zionist plan that settles and expels, represented by the Israeli apartheid state. That which occurred two thousand years ago (i.e., the Jewish/Israeli presence in the land), assuming that it is true, represents in the book of history nothing more than invention and falsification and a coarse and crude form of colonialism.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2011]

A two-state solution will never happen until and unless Palestine acknowledges Israel’s right to exist. George W. Bush had to know this, yet he continued with his two-state talks that he surely knew would disappoint time after time. I don’t know what Condi Rice actually understood about the region and history, but her stern push for Israel to bow without being recognized is unforgivable.
Benjamin Netanyahu, in 2009, stated again, he was open to a two-state solution:
In “a very good meeting” that lasted 79 minutes, Netanyahu said, he and Obama discussed “our quest for peace with the Palestinians.” And during that meeting, he added, “I outlined my vision of a demilitarized Palestinian state” that would recognize “the Jewish state.”…

“The problem we face is to make sure that doesn’t repeat itself,” he said. Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon was “step one,” its evacuation from Gaza was “step two,” and the country “cannot afford step 3.”

In his remark about Jerusalem, made in response to a question from the audience, the Israeli leader said, “Everyone knows that there are Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem that under any peace plan will remain where they are.”

That implied that other neighborhoods of Jerusalem may not remain “where they are” and could become part of an eventual Palestinian state, Uriel Hellman of the JTA reported. The JTA interpreted the remark as “a hint that that his government’s insistence on Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem might not be ironclad.” Source

Israel Matzav March 2012:

The latest round of rocket fire from Gaza underscored just how ill-considered it would be to relinquish more land to the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. The recent Harvard one-state conference demonstrated how clinging to an unfeasible formula has merely generated the opportunity to promote even more menacing alternatives.

For whatever the final contours of a putative Palestinian state, it would entail a frontier of at least 300 kilometers – approximately six times longer than the Gaza front – much of which would be adjacent to Israel’s most populous urban centers, from the environs of Haifa in the north to Beersheba and beyond in the south. (Significantly, Beersheba is much closer to the pre-1967 border of the “West Bank” than it is to the Gaza Strip).

Moreover, unlike in Gaza, a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria would reduce Israel’s width in its most populous areas to a minuscule 11-25 km. – roughly the distance from Beverly Hills to Malibu along Sunset Boulevard.

Even more important than geographic expanse – or the lack thereof – is topographical structure. Unlike the flat Gaza Strip, the limestone hills that comprise the “West Bank” dominate the urbanized Coastal Plain, together with much of Israel’s vital infrastructure, its only international airport, vital centers of civilian government and military command – and 80 percent of its population and commercial activity. ~ Martin Sherman

In 2007, The Arab League endorsed recognizing Israel. Hamas did not.

The team of international peace brokers – the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union – has demanded that the PA government recognize Israel, renounce violence and abide by previously signed peace agreements in order to lift the sanctions imposed in the wake of the 2006 Hamas election victory.

“We are demanding that the government meet these three conditions,” Livni stressed.

The Arab initiative, drafted at a March 2002 meeting of the Arab League in Beirut, calls for the full normalization of ties between Israel and the Arab world in return for a complete Israeli withdrawal from all lands captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. Source

Homes in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israel has been willing to go back to 1967 borders, but must have the assurance of a true peace, otherwise their borders are not defensible, as has been proven over and over. How can you live side-by-side with those pledging to kill you when your borders allow no safety for the people? Read a reminder of how Israel gained territory in 1967 and why.

Mother Jones says Romney spoke of “the Palestinians as a united bloc of one mindset,” and indeed he did, because he knows who rules, and it isn’t ordinary Palestinians trying to live a normal life.  The issue is the acceptance of the right of Israel to exist.

Linked at Grumpy Opinions with more than an opinion, how about a fact: Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-Backed School Lunch Regs. Read it here.

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  • Glad you brought this up Maggie! Yep! Road Map to Peace was a failure and Israel certainly doesn’t need a president from America that pushes dividing more land up for these Palestinians!

    • Fran, everything that has happened with a two-state solution is because no one can be truthful about the situation there.

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  • I like Bush and think the world of Condi but she made some statements about Israel I didn’t care for. Romney knows and understands what Israel is up against.

    • BobF, she really frosted me. I can still see her standing there with the PA, looking very stern and making a comment about what Israel must do.

  • I f Romney is anything, he is a pragmatist and he is not going to be blind to the truth just to be politically correct. That is how an adult should act.

    • Jim, I hope it remains so. I was encouraged to hear this coming at a fundraiser – better than a speech really, but I’d love to hear the speech on this subject also. Romney should not discount how deeply much of America feels about telling the truth about everything we are facing.

  • chizeled

    It appears as though Romney has successfully deceived you, Maggie, one way or another because his RNC platform calls for a Palestinian state on pg. 49:

    • chizeled, that may be true, but his statements at the fundraiser explain that he fully understands the reality. Perhaps it has to be in the platform, but he knows it won’t happen and as he said

      [S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

      • chizeled

        Romney used to be a democrat and still maintains the same liberal ideals as Obama. Obama and Romney both campaign in favor of a Palestinian state, however, Israel will have to be divided (1969 borders?) in order to create a Palestinian state. Romney lies about everything just as much as Obama does. How can you believe Romney when he implies that a Palestinian state won’t happen when he signed his name in agreement with a Palestinian state in the RNC platform?

        The Scorpion and the Frog

        A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

        The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

        Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

        We have many, many, many years of evidence as to how Romney is not trustworthy but yet you want to trust him anyways? You can’t say that you didn’t know that he is deceptive.

        • chizeled, Romney was not my choice but I have nothing to compare him with, with Obama. The issue of the two state solution is not Jerusalem, because Jerusalem WILL BE the capital of Israel. The issue is that Palestinians will not except Israel’s right to exist. I believe what he said when he didn’t know he was being taped, because it makes sense. It doesn’t make much sense to leave some kind of peace proposal out of the platform. He would be excoriated for that, but we can see he understand the reality, and he won’t be demanding anything until the Arab world accepts Israel’s right to exist.

          Is Obama trustworthy in your mind?

          • chizeled

            Further research indicates that Obama, most democrats, the United Nations, the Vatican, and most of the European Union support a Palestinian state. With that kind of support, Israel can and will likely be divided without Israeli consent.

            You are also still making the mistake of trusting that the scorpion will keep his word about keeping Jerusalem as the capital of Israel even though the scorpion’s nature is to flip flop about everything.

          • jtrudy smithers

            “because Jerusalem WILL BE the capital of Israel”-

            this is what the anti-christ wants.. so he can rule from his seat in Jerusalem.. who is maggie working for?
            Jerusalem cannot be the seat of govt for Israel unless the anti-christ rules from it, so I fear maggie is working for the other side.

  • jtrudy smithers

    sounds like all this is Israel’s problem.. not americans problem.

    Let them fight if they want to, dont care.. dont try to drag us into their wars and send our sons to die for these bloodsuckers who killed the americans on the USS Liberty.

    God bless america.