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See update with WaPo's take on the flip!

Romney Remark on Israel’s Economy Irks Palestinians

That's from Business Week, a Bloomberg property.  And the article itself gets even better:

Mitt Romney toured Poland today, seeking to bolster his diplomatic credentials in meetings with leaders and with photos at symbolic historical sites.

Yet the Republican presidential candidate’s message during his overseas tour was derailed anew by criticism. This time, the attacks came from Palestinian officials angry with comments Romney made comparing the Israeli economy’s “vitality” to the financial straits of the West Bank, during a Jerusalem fundraising breakfast.

It goes on from there to reference a "firestorm" which compares to the one following his London interview prior to the start of the Olympics, and makes clear that Romney's numbers were off by an order of magnitude.

I'll admit it: I had previously predicted that Romney wouldn't commit any gaffes in Israel.  I was wrong.  The man can't help it.

Here's the WaPo's headline on the affair:

Romney stirs new controversy: Comments on Israel bring Palestinian outrage on Mideast visit

It's off the AP wire, datelined Gdansk (!), and here's the lede:

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Mitt Romney outraged Palestinians on Monday, stirring fresh controversy on his visit to Israel just days after insulting the British on what was intended as a feel-good visit to the Olympics in London.

Whether or not the trip changes votes back home, the effect hasn’t seemed to be what Romney’s presidential campaign had in mind.

The article is accompanied by a couple of videos, which are captioned with variations of this quote:
Mitt Romney has enraged Palestinians by saying a better “culture” explains Israel’s economic dominance in the latest remark on his overseas tour that critics are calling a gaffe.
Axelrod has taken to calling the trip "Romney's Rolling Ruckus."

The man is just a gaffe a minute!

Originally posted to litho on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Adalah — A Just Middle East.

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