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Mitt Romney: Palestinians “Have no Interest Whatsoever in Establishing Peace” (VIDEO)

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Mitt Romney at the private fundraiser where he discussed the Palestinians. Photo: Screenshot.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Palestinians “have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” according to video footage released this week by Mother Jones magazine.

At a private fundraiser in Florida in May, Romney elaborated that Palestinians are disinterested in peace for “political purposes” and are “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel,” according to the footage.

Romney said putting pressure on Israel to resolve the conflict is “the worst idea in the world.” Regarding proposals for a Palestinian state in which a “border between Israel and the West Bank is right next to Tel Aviv,” he said Iran “would want to do through the West Bank exactly what they did through Lebanon, what they did near Gaza.”

“The Iranians would want to bring missiles and armament into the West Bank and potentially threaten Israel,” Romney said.

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Given the Palestinians’ attitude about Israel, Romney called peace “almost unthinkable to accomplish.” According to reports, Mother Jones obtained the video from James Carter IV, President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, who leaked the footage to exact revenge on Romney for criticizing Carter.

“James: This is extraordinary. Congratulations! Papa,” Jimmy Carter wrote his grandson in an email reacting to the video, the Associated Press reported.

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