Romney attributes wealth disparity between Israel and Palestine to ‘culture’

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By Zaid A. Jilani

Mitt Romney found himself in hot water again on Monday, as he made comments while in Israel that infuriated Palestinian leaders. 

During a fundraiser, Romney suggested that the reason Israel’s economy is more prosperous than that of the Palestinian Territories is because Israel has a better “culture,” ignoring the occupation of the West Bank and embargo on Gaza.

“Culture makes all the difference,” he said at the fundraiser. “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.”

“Oh my god, this man needs a lot of education,” said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in response to Romney’s comments. “What he said about the culture is racism.”

Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz joined The Ed Show guest host Michael Eric Dyson to discuss Romney’s remarks.

“Mitt Romney went over to Britain and Israel and was, essentially, like a bull in the China shop,” she said. “To risk potentially setting back the process in which we hopefully will be able to get both sides … back to the table for direct bilateral negotiations, that really is damaging and potentially harmful to that goal.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Mitt Romney

Romney attributes wealth disparity between Israel and Palestine to 'culture'

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