Romney angers Palestinians with pro-Israel comment, suggests inferiority to Israelis
JERUSALEM — Mitt Romney’s campaign stop in Israel left behind furious Palestinians charging that the Republican presidential candidate hasn’t fully grasped the complexities of one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.
Romney’s sweeping embrace of Israeli government positions — especially on the Iranian nuclear program — came as no surprise. But Palestinian — and some Israeli — critics say he overshot by seeming to snub the Palestinians’ president, dismiss their claims to Jerusalem, and suggest their culture is inferior to Israel’s.
That came on Monday when Romney addressed the stark economic differences between Israel — a high-tech powerhouse with the per capita income of a developed nation — and the poorer Palestinians. Romney told an audience of affluent Jewish donors — including gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, who is pumping millions into a crusade to defeat President Barack Obama — that some economic historians have theorized that “culture makes all the difference.”