In private remarks to donors, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney questioned the viability of a two-state solution to the Israel Palestinian dispute, a longtime staple of official U.S. policy, saying that Palestinians don’t want peace, according to a video released Tuesday.
Saying that he was “torn” over the matter, Romney told donors in Florida at a fund-raiser in May that he has long been concerned “that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish,” according to the recording, which was released by Mother Jones magazine.
Tuesday marked the second day that Romney was dogged by his unscripted comments at the fund-raiser.
His remarks on the Middle East did not appear as politically damaging as his description of 47% of Americans as dependent on government for their needs, not paying any income tax, and believing they are victims.
In his comments, Romney questioned how a two-state solution, with Israel co-existing beside a Palestinian homeland, could function.
To ward off threats from other nations, Israel would have to guard the Palestinian state’s borders and airport, Romney said, something that the Palestinians would clearly object to.