Romney: US must cut aid to Palestinians following UN vote

September 20, 2011 16:58


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US Republican candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Monday he believes the US should "cut foreign assistance to the Palestinians, as well as re-evaluate its funding of UN programs and its relationship with any nation voting in favor of recognition," for Palestinians at the UN, the National Review Online quoted him as saying.

The GOP candidate criticized US President Barack Obama's handling of the Palestinian-Israeli crisis, saying the current "diplomatic disaster" at the UN - as he called it - is the "culmination" of the president's policies.

Romney said the US president has made "repeated efforts over three years to throw Israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position," and that  Obama must "reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the security of Israel and its continued existence as a Jewish state" during his speech at the UN this week.

Romney insisted that Obama should declare the US will cut funding to the Palestinian Authority - $500 million annually in aid - and reevaluate its relations with any nation that votes in favor of Palestinian state recognition. 

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