Mitt Romney lambastes 2-state solution
[Jerusalem Post] US Republican presidential candidate Willard
...former governor of Massachussetts, currently the Publican nominee for president. He is the son of the former governor of Michigan, George Romney, who himself ran for president after saving American Motors from failure, though not permanently. Romney has a record as a successful businessman, heading Bain Capital, and he rescued the 2002 Winter Olympics from the midst of bribery and mismanagement scandals. More to the point, he isn't President B.O...
questioned the feasibility of the establishment of a Paleostinian state in the West Bank in video footage published on Tuesday by US magazine Mother Jones.
"The idea of pushing on the Israelis to give something up to get the Paleostinians to act is the worst idea in the world," Romney said.
"I'm torn by two perspectives in this regard," he said at a $50,000-per-plate fund-raising dinner in Boca Raton, Florida, on May 17. "One is the one which I've had for some time, which is that the Paleostinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."
Romney then launched into a hypothetical scenario in which Israelis allow the Paleostinians to establish a state in the West Bank and are then forced to contend with unsolvable security and border issues.
It is "maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank," he said, repeating an oft-cited Israeli security concern that an Arab army in the West Bank could cut Israel in half in a matter of minutes.
"And now how about the airport?" he asked.
Romney said that the Paleostinians would demand full control over their borders, and suggested they could open access to military armaments.
"And of course the Iranians would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Leb, what they did near Gazoo. Which is that the Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel."
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