Washington — Mitt Romney trashed the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict in his now-infamous hidden camera video, saying “there’s just no way” to talk peace with the Palestinians.
In a private $50,000-a-plate fundraiser, caught on tape and published on Mother Jones’ website, Romney expresses candidly his deep skepticism toward a two-state solution, which is part of the Republican platform recently adopted by the GOP.
“I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way,” Romney said of the chances to achieve an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
In the tape, Romney indicated that if elected president, he would not actively pursue peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
“What you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
The Republican candidate went into great detail describing the “thorny issues” that make it difficult to achieve a two-state solution, including those relating to borders, to the proximity of the Palestinian state to the center of Israel and to air transportation.
“There’s just no way,” a two state solution is feasible, Romney concluded at the May 17 event.
The fundraiser took place at the Boca Raton home of Jewish Republican donor Marc Leder, who has been active in raising money for the Republican candidate this election cycle. Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, a private equity company, has given six figure donations to a pro-Romney Super PAC. Leder, according to a New York Times report was inspired to go into the private equity business by Mitt Romney’s profitable endeavors at Bain Capital. According to the Times, Leder’s Sun Capital led one of five companies it bought into bankruptcy.