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Secret Video: Mitt Romney Says Middle East Peace is "Almost Unthinkable"

| by Michael Allen

Mother Jones has released a new clip from a secretly recorded video (below) from the same fundraiser, earlier this year, where Mitt Romney said 47% of the Americans are playing the "victim" and want to depend on the government.

In this clip, the GOP presidential candidate talks about the Middle East and says "the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."

He then states that his Middle East policy will be to "kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it."

Romney said: "I’m torn by two perspectives in this regard. One is the one which I’ve had for some time, which is that the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."

"...And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, 'There’s just no way.'"

"... We have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it. We don’t go to war to try and resolve it imminently."

Ironically, Romney previously told the Israeli publication Haaretz: “I believe in a two-state solution which suggests there will be two states, including a Jewish state. I respect Israel’s right to remain a Jewish state. The question is not whether the people of the region believe that there should be a Palestinian state. The question is if they believe there should be an Israeli state, a Jewish state.”