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Mitt Romney says Palestinians are committed to Israel’s destruction in new leaked video

A new secret video clip has emerged of remarks by Mitt Romney, saying the Palestinians are committed to Israel’s destruction.

The Republican candidate tells donors the Middle East will “remain an unsolved problem… and we kick the ball down the field”.

The video is from the same event as a clip released on Monday, in which Mitt Romney says almost half of Americans “believe that they are victims”.

It comes less than two months before the presidential election.

The new footage was posted on Tuesday on the website of the liberal investigative magazine Mother Jones, which said it was taken at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida.

A new secret video clip has emerged of remarks by Mitt Romney, saying the Palestinians are committed to Israel's destruction

A new secret video clip has emerged of remarks by Mitt Romney, saying the Palestinians are committed to Israel's destruction

Mitt Romney is shown saying that Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”.

“The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” he says, adding that “the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish“.

In another clip, the former Massachusetts governor is shown discussing Iran’s nuclear programme, and warning that America itself could come under attack.

“If I were Iran – a crazed fanatic, I’d say let’s get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago or some other place, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we’ll just say, <<Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we’re going to let off a dirty bomb>>.”

On Monday, Mother Jones posted another clip from the same fundraiser in which Mitt Romney disparages those who would vote for his Democratic rival, President Barack Obama.

The Republican candidate is shown saying that the 47% of Americans who back the president do not pay income tax and would never vote for Mitt Romney.

“There are 47% who are with him [Barack Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

Mitt Romney said in the video that his role “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

In a late-night appearance on Monday, the Republican candidate said those remarks were not “elegantly stated”, but did not retract them.

The Obama campaign was quick to pounce.

“It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation,” Jim Messina, Barack Obama’s campaign manager, said in a statement.

The video clips provided to Mother Jones are said to have been filmed at a $50,000 a head fundraiser at some point after Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee.

The pictures are blurred out with the exception of his face, and no attendees are visible.

Also on Monday, Mitt Romney’s campaign unveiled a significant reworking of its strategy less than two months before election day.

Until now his message to voters has largely consisted of repeated attacks on President Barack Obama’s economic record.

Campaign advisers told the US media on Monday that Mitt Romney would speak more specifically about his budget plans and tax policy.

The videos bookended a difficult 24 hours for the Romney campaign. On Sunday, a lengthy Politico story detailed apparent divisions and indecision within the campaign.

A series of opinion polls at the end of last week showed Mitt Romney trailing Barack Obama both nationally and in several swing states.

The two men square off in the election on 6 November, but early voting begins soon in several states.

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  • DCP the Lesser

    Ever read the Hamas Charter? Tell us readers again that all Palestinians desire peace. A great many Palestinians actually subscribe to the view that Israel must cease to exist by any means necessary. Two Intifadas weren’t enough to do it so they are going a different route to remove Israel from their ancestral lands, using the UN and Western tools who regularly fall for their Pallywood propaganda.

    Many Palestinians claim that they are the original people whose ancestors were the Philistines. Well, if that is the case, why are they crying about the West Bank? They already have the Gaza Strip (once known as Philistia, the conquered home of the Philistines) as their very own. The West Bank used to be known as Samaria and Judea. Anyone can read the Bible to see who lived there. And, everyone can read the Qur’an, which agrees with the Bible on that matter of who Allah wills to live in the West Bank and the rest of the land surrounding the Remote Masjid.

    It is the Bani Isra’il (this includes the Jews). See Al Isra’ [Surah 17:] 1-8, 101-104. Palestinian Muslims and Christians don’t even believe their own holy books when it tells them what is now known as Palestine is the ancestral homeland of the Israel (Isra’il) and the land wherein the Bani Isra’il should dwell securely!