July 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
“As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, 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.”
“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.”
- Mitt Romney, July 30, 2012
- Source: Boston Globe
- Context: Romney was addressing Jewish donors at a campaign fundraising event at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. A senior aide to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded saying that the statement was “racist” and that Romney “lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people.” Romney’s statement is also factually incorrect. The economic disparity between Israeli’s and Palestinians is actually much greater, with Palestinians having a GDP per capita ~1/30 that of Israelis. Israel occupies all of the West Bank and it has almost complete control of the Palestinian economy, inhibiting its economic growth. Other than culture, Romney also stated that the “hand of providence” was also responsible for Israels economic accomplishments. Sheldon Adelson, who has pledged to spend at least $100 million of his own money to defeat Obama, was also present at the event.