Tuesday, July 31, 2012

China: Romney's 'dangerous' comments


Romney's dangerous statement should be watched out

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney's statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is likely to worsen the already tense Mideast situation, and even reignite a war between Palestinians and Israelis.

Romney told the CNN on Sunday that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and he thought the U.S. embassy should be moved to Jerusalem from the current location in the city of Tel Aviv.
The U.S. presidential hopeful's dangerous words should be carefully watched out.

Jerusalem is a holy city to the three major Abrahamic religions -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and its future status has always been a critical issue in the current stagnant Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, as they both declared Jerusalem to be their own capital.

The status of Jerusalem is highly sensitive, which involves the religious sentiments and dignity of most Arab people. Until now, all the nations that have established diplomatic relations with Israel have set up their embassies in Tel Aviv or other cities, instead of in Jerusalem, due to the later's uncertain status.

Recently Romney has delivered a series of hawkish remarks. For example, he pledged to "employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course," and he also said the United States would never look away from its "passion and commitment to Israel."

Romney's remarks totally neglect historical facts and are actually irresponsible if he just meant to appeal to voters at home.

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