It seems that the genocidal, kill-happy savages in the Palestinian territories are none too pleased with Mitt Romney.
Romney, speaking to a group that included Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, said higher personal wealth among citizens in Israel was an indication that the country was accomplishing something its neighbors were not.
“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” Romney said.
(Figures on the United Nations’ website actually indicate a much greater disparity between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Israel had a per capita GDP of $27,060 in 2009, while the 2009 per capita GDP of the occupied Palestinian territory was listed as $1,367.)
Citing the book “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations,” Romney detailed his interpretation of author David Landes’ thesis.
“He says if you can learn anything from the economic history of the world, it’s this: culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference. And as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things,” Romney said.
While Romney has cited Landes’ book in speeches before, and included a passage about it in his own book “No Apology,” his remark Monday in Israel drew a sharp reaction from Sa’eb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator and a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
“This man, before he came here, he should have got some education about Israelis, Palestinians, and the region,” Erekat said. “The Romney statements on Jerusalem and the racist statements about the Israeli culture being superior to the Palestinian culture reflect someone who needs to be educated, who needs knowledge. His statements are serving those extremists in the region now, and will serve extremists unfortunately.”
Despite being a tiny nation surrounded by bloodthirsty dictators intent on finishing the work Hitler started, the Israelis have built a thriving, technologically advanced Western society in the desert. The Palestinians, on the other hand, are a sick, backwards death cult that relies on welfare from their betters to survive and their lone contribution to civilization is encouraging people to blow themselves up to kill women and children.
So, if Romney merely saying something nice about Israel’s culture and acknowledging the obvious, that the Palestinians don’t deserve one square inch of Jerusalem, infuriates the Palestinians — good. They’re a wretched, evil people who support terrorism and genocide and if anything, the Israelis have treated them considerably better than they deserve or than they would treat the Israelis if the tables were turned. Having the Palestinians mad at you is like having the Manson family mad at you. It means you’re doing something right.