At a $25,000-a-plate fundraiser in Israel, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Israelis were more economically successful than Palestinians because of their culture and intervention by God.
Romney said: “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.”
“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."
In response, Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat told the Associated Press: “What is this man doing here? Yesterday, he destroyed negotiations by saying Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and today he is saying Israeli culture is more advanced than Palestinian culture. Isn’t this racism?”