IMO the Israeli government behaved correctly toward Romney. They were respectful but careful not to prejuduce their relationship with BHO's administration. Dan Senor, the neocon mouthpice on Romney's stsff, did not succeed in having Romney compromise his freedom of action if he is elected. Even Bibi held bsck a little, Barak and Peres acted like the statesmen they are.
Romney, on the other hand managed to imply that the Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories are "wogs" through and through and incapable of self improvement due to their backwardness.
I accept the fact that some cultures are more of a handicap to the improvement of the material lot of the people than others. Do not ask. Nevertheless, the Palestinians are the least likely candidates for that kind of condemnation that i can think of. Did Senor "feed" Romney this "line" or was it Bolton?
In fact, the Palestinians both at home and in the diaspora, are among the most educated populations, in the Middle East. They enthusiastically embraced Western education under both Ottoman and British government, and my experience of them is that they have a highly developed middle class who prosper wherever they go and are valuable citizens.
Their long quarrel with the Jews is a tragedy for all mankind. Under Israeli occupation they have suffered many indignities and deprivations. Beyond the question of the personal humiliations of an occupied people subjected to the attentions of the Shin Bet and an occupation army made up largely of teen-aged soldiers showing off for each other, there have been crushing economic penalties inflicted by an exclusivist nationalist colonial stste.
Taxes are collected from the Paeestinians and then withheld from those who paid them. This seems to be in the hope that this will intimidate the Palestinians into acceptance of "helot" status. Infrastruction projects are withheld, Emplyoment in Israel is denied. Houses and neighborhoods are demolished as "mass punishment." After Oslo there was a period of hope for the Jews and the Palestinians. This was the time of Barak's premiership. Palestinian capital from abroad flowed massively into into the WB and Gaza. The economy flourished, but that golden age was followed by a drive to wreck the Palestinians' possible state. This drive was successful.
Was Arafat's governmet corrupt? Yes, so what? All government's are more or less corrupt. The people prospered under his rule until Israel wrecked what they had built.
In such a context Romnay imples that the Palesinians are responsible for their poverty. Either this man is without conscience or he is too ignorant to be president. pl