Mitt Romney’s comments about the Palestinians and its ties to culture inflamed Palestinians, and how now says, ”I’m not speaking about it, did not speak about the Palestinian culture. That’s an interesting topic that perhaps could deserve scholarly analysis but I actually didn’t address that. I certainly don’t intend to address that during my campaign. Instead I will point out that the choices a society makes have a profound impact on the economy and the vitality of that society.”
But Romney did invoke culture at a fundraiser during his trip when he said, ”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.” And he added, ”Culture makes all the difference. 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.”
If “culture makes all the difference,” it must be the difference between the two cultures of the Israelis and the Palestinians. Otherwise, what “difference” was he talking about?