Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Israel: Palestinians outraged (again) by Romney's comments


Palestinians condemn Romney for suggesting they aren't interested in peace

Saeb Erekat and spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas denounce remarks by Republican presidential candidate, who told donors that the Palestinians are 'committed to the destruction of Israel.'

By The Associated Press and Reuters

The Palestinian Authority has denounced remarks by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who told donors that Palestinians "have no interest" in peace with Israel. 

According to comments captured on newly released video of his private remarks to wealthy donors, Romney said Palestinians are "committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel" and that the prospects for a two-state solution to Mideast peace were dim. He also suggested that efforts at Mideast peace under his administration would languish. 

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Romney was wrong to accuse them of not seeking peace. 

"No one stands to gain more from peace with Israel than Palestinians and no one stands to lose more in the absence of peace than Palestinians," Erekat told Reuters. "Only those who want to maintain the Israeli occupation will claim the Palestinians are not interested in peace.

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