Republican Debate: GOP Candidates Go Head-To-Head Ahead Of Florida Primary

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Palestinian-American Republican Calls Out Candidates

“As a Palestinian-American Republican, I can tell you that such people do exist,” a member of the audience told the GOP candidates at Thursday’s debate, referring to Newt Gingrich’s comments in December that the Palestinians are an “invented people.”

But if the man asking the question hoped his presence would goad the candidates into moderating their pro-Israel positions, he was surely disappointed.

“The reason there’s not peace between the Palestinians and Israel” is that the Palestinian leaderships in the West Bank and Gaza “have the intent to eliminate Israel,” Mitt Romney said.

Romney further rehashed his view that Obama “threw Israel under the bus” by calling for a two-state solution that would be based on Israel’s borders before the 1967 War, which resulted in Israel’s annexing all of Jerusalem and occupying the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The 1967 borders have long been the basis for the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Gingrich explained his earlier comments by saying that the Palestinian people was “technically an invention of the 1970s,” which he claimed supplanted a general Arab identification that had been prevalent in the region.

In recent weeks, Gingrich-supporting super PACs have received $10 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife. Adelson is known for his hard-right views on Israel and strong support for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Both Romney and Gingrich criticized President Obama for appeasing Israel’s foes and not sufficiently supporting the Jewish state.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama said, “Our ironclad commitment — and I mean ironclad — to Israel’s security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history.”

Mike Sacks

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