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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Romney's New Take on Israel-Palestinian Peace Process

Nadene Goldfoot
Romney has already altered his strong stance of not being able to do anything to bring about peace with the Palestinian-Israel standoff.  A secretly recorded fundraiser had leaked his strong stand when he said a few months ago that there was just no way to achieve peace because the Palestinians don't want peace and that it would remain an unsolved problem.

 He's trying to get elected and that wasn't going over so well.  A former secretary of state spoke with him and mentioned that there were prospects for a settlement after the Palestinian elections.  When are elections?  Mahmoud Abbas, born march 26, 1935, was Chairman of the PLO from November 2004 and then was President on the Fatah ticket from January 15, 2005 up to June 9, 2009. He extended his own term for a year when  again he was chosen President of the PLO on November 23, 2008.  He said "A Jewish state, what is that supposed to mean? You can call yourselves as you like, but I don't accept it and I say so publicly."(27 April 2009) . 

 This is a 77 year old man  who may hold the title of Prez till death at this rate.  Recognizing Israel continues to be off his agenda of goals to be accomplished like the USA.  In Gaza, Hamas rules.  There are no elections going on in Gaza.  Only the areas of Judea and Samaria are trying to have elections, only Abbas has the upper hand there as well.  Others don't have a chance.  Abbas was born in Safed, where I lived, but left with his parents at age 13  in 1948 when all the Arabs attacked the new Israeli state.  They fled to Syria. Later he moved to Egypt and then Russia to pick up his outlook on politics with some education.  

Romney "plans to declare his commitment to the notion of "a Democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel."  He thinks he can do it because a new president 's broom sweeps cleaner than an old one.  He will come on stronger than Obama did with more oomph behind him.

Hamas and Fatah still are not agreeing or coordinating their agendas, especially on voting in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).  The struggle for power continues.

Dana Milbank sees Romney as ever-changing.  I don't think so.  He's just trying to attract votes.  He's a realist and sees the situation through clear eyes, not rose-colored glasses.  The only way to get any peace with Hamas for Israel is through a much stronger standing USA, and that he hasn't changed.

Resource: Romney Foreign Policy Speech to Soften Stand of Israel-Palestine Peace Process
Oregonian newspaer 10/10/2012 page B7 Dana Milbank's "Romney shifts positions again.

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