Monday, July 30, 2012

Australia: Romney angers Palestinians

Herald Sun

Mitt Romney talks Iran, angers Palestinians in Israel

Mitt Romney in Israel
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with people after placing a message, written on paper, in the ancient stones of the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: AFP Source: AFP

The White House hopeful, who arrived in Israel from Britain late on Saturday on a one-day visit, stepped into the quagmire of Middle Eastern politics when, during his policy speech, he hailed Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel," he said, in an apparent endorsement of a position held by the Jewish state but never accepted by the international community.
Netanyahu thanked him for his remarks, later telling him: "I want to thank you for those very strong words of support and friendship for Israel and for Jerusalem that we heard today."

But the Palestinians were infuriated, saying his remarks "harm peace, security and stability".

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