Charles Johnson defends Palestinian Culture

Mitt Romney explained that culture is the reason why Israelis are economically better off then Palestinians. This is an opinion that back in 2008, Charles Johnson would agree with. But Charles has moved closer to the Islamic side of global conflicts. He is now an ardent Islamophile. The turncoat creep now comes out swinging in defense of the Palestinian.

The Charles of 2008, would applaud Mitt Romney and slam the Charles of 2012. Nowhere did Charles try to debunk Romney’s statement. His gotcha against Romney about getting per capita GDP wrong, actually makes Mitt’s case.

I fully expect Charles to come out in support of Hamas and start railing about Likudniks.

Update: Charles Johnson continues hammering Mitt Romney for saying cultural differences is why Israelis are prosperous and Palestinians aren’t in. reading the comments of the new thread, the turncoat creep admits Romney is making a valid point about culture determining success.

Charles is admitting Romney maybe right, but he’s bad for bringing the subject up.  Charles clearly doesn’t like the truth. He’s also trying to make up for his Palestinian car swarm threads. Sorry Charlie, you have to try better than this to be taken serious.

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95 Comments on “Charles Johnson defends Palestinian Culture”

  1. windbag says:

    If Chuckles had half a brain (I know, I know), he’d know that whatever Romney said, it would draw criticism. He’s such an astute political commentator.

  2. Medchemmer says:

    Yeah how does this jive with Chuckles’ almost weekly documentation of the Pal cultural ritual of “Car Swarm!”?

  3. Speranza says:

    Sorry Charlie but not all cultures are equal. Palestinian”culture” is brutal and nihilistic. Just go through your archives from 2002 -08 you fat, lazy mother fucker.

  4. haysoos says:

    since when does the POTUS ‘have to work’ with the Palis?….that’s just bullshit

  5. PeteP says:

    Why would Romney have to work with Abbas if elected? Because previous administrations did? And what did that achieve? Nothing. Abbas and the Palestinians are genocidal minded terrorists. Full marks to Romney for speaking the truth. And shame on Fatso who now defends a culture he once reviled.

  6. iSpeakJive says:

    Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Egypt and Yemen all have GDPs under $6000 per capita. They must all be occupied by Israel too, huh?

    Chunky, are your readers as stupid as you think they are?

  7. Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

    Has it occurred to Charlie Einstein that a lower per capita income for the paleostonians only strengthens Romney’s point?

    🙄

  8. Daedalus says:

    Look at how Lebanon was under the Maronites and now under the Shia scum. I woinderw hat’s the difference?

  9. Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

    Hey Chuck. No comment on the BEST/Watts kerfuffle?

    Here’s some SCIENCE!!! for you:

    http://www.yourtango.com/2012157675/study-says-spiked-red-bull-gives-your-penis-wings

  10. haysoos says:

    johnson promotes anger, friction, partisanship, instability, fake outrage, mean ass opinions, analism, bad humor and obesity…and he wonders why his blog is adrift

  11. Fred Derf says:

    Where is lawhawk, Alouette, SanFranciscoZionist? chirp chirp chirp

    • haysoos says:

      giving dirty looks at cj, who quickly changes the subject

    • rightymouse says:

      They gave up trying to speak their mind (be honest/rational on the blog) but rather sought to keep their account from being blown up by the omnipotent Chazzman.

      • livefreeor die says:

        Interesting how people will sell out their own religion and values just to have an LGF account.
        Kind of like selling your soul for a gumball.

  12. haysoos says:

    if BO had made this same statement, LGF would be all over the honesty and timely assertion, time to face reality etc etc…depends on who says what over there…principle is for sale and the currency is a ding…and these are adults selling their opinions back and forth to stroke their egos…credibility?….zero

  13. garycooper says:

    Today is one of those days, increasing as of late, where I feel like Fatass and his contemptible little pack of sniveling shit-weasels are beneath our giving them even the attention inherent in a backhanded bitch-slap. I know he’ll be amusing again, as he has entertained so often in the past, but today he’s just a fat, crashing bore. One man’s opinion.

  14. Kurt's GI Joe Figures says:

    garycooper :
    Today is one of those days, increasing as of late, where I feel like Fatass and his contemptible little pack of sniveling shit-weasels are beneath our giving them even the attention inherent in a backhanded bitch-slap. I know he’ll be amusing again, as he has entertained so often in the past, but today he’s just a fat, crashing bore. One man’s opinion.

    he’s scrambling to do anything for attention: he can’t bait Breitbart or his ghost into fights for any results any longer; the other Breitbartians ignore him (along with everybody else); his traffic is sinking; and he is reduced to shilling for a hot bowl of sh*t (as ace called O today) who is tied or behind (depending upon what poll you cite) by copying & pasting articles from other writers.

    The least he could do would be to revive the ” Churchill bust didn’t get moved” line or attack Krauthammer in his usual FAILtastic manner. But, sadly, I fear his obsession with this site and not reacting to us is keeping him from stepping on his grey boxer briefs one more time because he knows that to do so would make us laugh.

  15. haysoos says:

    johnson is getting creamed…he’s got nuthin…a little gossip, some old crap and some worthless tech shit….his minions are bored and restless but afraid to stick their head above the wire…he’s finished

  16. Roger says:

    Charles Nodickens? Reminds of your posts about Israel before 9/11. You haven’t learned a thing.

  17. haysoos says:

    wheeeerrre’s Winston?

  18. buzzsawmonkey says:

    Fatboy Johnson has a problem with the disparity between “Palestinian” and Israeli incomes? Maybe that disparity is due to the fact that “Palestinians” think only of new ways to strap on a suicide vest, while the Israelis like to think of new ways to do things better:
    https://go.madmimi.com/redirects/1343395832-4272340cb9319f7201631d3940c7c48c-1a88eb6?pa=10784334056

    Watch the video I’ve linked to. An Israeli kibbutznik decided to figure out a way to build a bicycle from recycled cardboard—something you’d think would be dear to the Fatboy cyclist’s heart—at a materials cost of $9, retail cost between $60 and $90.

    That’s why there’s a disparity between Israeli income and “Palestinian” income. The Israelis are looking towards making things better, while the welfare queens of the Arab world continue to wallow in making life worse.

    • garycooper says:

      The cardboard bicycle has not yet been engineered, that can withstand the megaloavoirdupois of one Charles “Fatass” Johnson. I think he knows this, way deep down. On the other hand, they don’t make ‘splodey-vests in his size either, in Palestine or anywhere else. By the time you build in enough stretch and surface-area to contain his bulk and the bomb-materials, you have compromised the explosive yield to the point where it doesn’t make good fiscal sense, even from a mad bomber’s jihaddist perspective.

      • iSpeakJive says:

        You want to make Chuck explode? Just feed him one last chocolate mint after dinner……

  19. snowcrash says:

    I am surprised Johnson isn’t picking up the spin from NPR ‘s Cokie Roberts re Romneys trip to Poland. She is saying its racist dog whistle! I kid you not. Expect johnson to hop aboard that train any minute. Breitbart has the details.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/07/30/Cokie-Roberts-NPR-Poland-Romney-Race

    • haysoos says:

      everything is racially motivated…we are all racists, sinners and partisan bigots….LOL
      can’t win

    • dwells38 says:

      Cokie Robert’s head is full of rocks. She’s always been a lightweight, pretty big eyed babe with nothing to bring to the conversation. She reads the news, as I do except I’m not a hottie. ‘Nuff said.

    • osprey1 says:

      Ray Cszym!

  20. haysoos says:

    I took a poll…
    only 1 in 104.5m people have ever heard of Breitbart…
    only 1 in 302.7m people ever heard of Charles Johnson…
    micro…may be fun, but hardly worth taking seriously…
    ps, there are 17,924,305 Charles Johnsons in the US

  21. mfhorn says:

    Hey Chuckles, what ‘Paleswine’ culture? Oh sure, there’s a culture of violence, murder & treatment of women as objects, and gays as targets. Is that the ‘culture’ you’re referring to?

    BTW- I’m still registered over there. You & your sycophants must be too dim to find me!

  22. rightymouse says:

    Teenlet & I just got back from our local hamburger/biker bar. Right before we left, I noticed that on two of the TV screens, the latest Romney ad was playing. Then I saw the ad followed by an Obama ad. I thought it was odd, so I asked our waitress what the channel was playing on the two screens and it was NBC.
    Surprise!!! Not!

    • garycooper says:

      It is impossible to watch an NBC national “news” show now, that does not contain at least one segment aimed at discrediting Romney and/or promoting Obama. This situation will continue until the election, and for some time afterwards.

      • rightymouse says:

        The RNC & conservative PAC’s may want to rethink ad placement. Just a thought.

  23. doppelganger says:

    the palestinian culture is superior.

    I can prove it.

    Just scroll through the LGF archives to find the flaming hoop jumpers and the car swarmers.
    They are also fine film makers. Just look at the marvelous palliwood productions. That link can also be found at LGF

  24. garycooper says:

  25. rightymouse says:

    My BIL sent this link to me. I’m not Catholic, but am fighting for the same things anyway. So, am passing this on. Charles Johnson, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/04/powerful-catholic-election-ad-rocks-internet-video/

  26. haysoos says:

    I wish I’d thought of this…
    Playing For Change is very cool…check them out

  27. swamprat says:

    Well Romney raised his flag and let ‘er fly! He’s gonna stand with Israel and he’s not particularly going to pander or straddle the fence. In a completely unrelated story, the democrats have decided to openly place the “gay plank” in their platform. Next up, they will welcome the flat earthers, those who want silly putty as a currency, ufo believers and the shoe fetish crowd.

  28. Rufus T. Rumpswab says:

    Hi, Luddy. 😈

    • garycooper says:

      😆
      Hello, Lewd-Boy. Are you still laughing at me, and the rest of us idiotic pawns of ExxonMobil? I hope you’re still jolly and loving life, and the lovely Miss Ssss. Give her a pump for me, willya? She’s got the pneumatic charm no man can resist.

  29. JimboXL says:

    I think the Dim-o-crats and voracious liberals are getting nervous because they thought, as conservatives did, that Romney would be an exact repeat of McCain, ie a push-over who would not criticize Obama or take any hard stands. So far he is far and away exceeding McCain and if he keeps it up, fires any advisors who try to undermine his campaign then he’ll motivate enough conservatives to get out and vote and we all know legit voter turnout is the worst nightmare of the Dims.

  30. poteen2 says:

    His quiet is telling. Posts this

    Promoted to LGF front page: The Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic lgf.bz/M5qdng 8 hours ago

    A promoted page is all he does cuz the BEST study failed peer review and is getting hammered from both sides. He’s fecking lost

    • garycooper says:

      Wow, the article got “promoted.” Does that come with a raise in pay? I mean, we’re talking big-time national exposure here, on the front page of such a boomin’ blog. 🙄

      Anyone who’s “converting” to the religion of AGW at this late, advanced stage of the theory’s demise is either getting paid big bucks by the consortium, or they’ve totally lost their marbles. Call me cynical, but I strongly suspect the former.

  31. garycooper says:

    It’s really looking bad for Obama, despite the unwavering support from the MSM and the friendly pollsters connected to the big media conglomerations. It should be a landslide, in relative terms, but there are still too many ignorant “moderates” who are floating around in the undecided pool, for anyone to get too comfortable. Keep hammering away, Mitt. In a nice way, of course. 😉

    • JimboXL says:

      I don’t get how there are undecided voters at this point with the worst recovery in decades, falling back into recession, net job loss, loss of AAA credit rating, high gas prices, the most dead Navy Seals at a single time, FAF, NDAA, Nasa spaceflight killed, etc etc, etc, etc.

      To me it is simple, if you have a private sector job or respectable and useful gov job you want to keep during the next 4 yrs then you know you’re voting for Romney or you’re voting against Obama. Likewise of you are on the government dole in whatever form that is then you know you’re voting BO.

      Who are these undecided people? What you need another 5 trillion in debt and 25% unemployment to say “err maybe I shouldn’t vote for Obama again.”

  32. poteen2 says:

    Wow, the article got “promoted.” Does that come with a raise in pay? I mean, we’re talking big-time national exposure here, on the front page of such a boomin’ blog.

    It comes with aging hippie perks….. A 2 day old happy meal and a blowjob from an menopausal, greasy hippie hooker.

    • garycooper says:

      In the back of a filthy, dilapidated VW. Yeah, it’s not quite the Ritz, though there might be a cracker or two on the floor, beneath the litter. Congrats on the promotion!

  33. dwells38 says:

    Twitter/NBC partnership. What could go wrong? Athletes who worked their entire lives get suspended and kicked out for not being sufficiently PC for barking-at-moon leftwing rabid libtards because of something they tweeted? Even though they’re just 20 yr old kids? Way to go NBC. You’re the Jimmy Carter of network/cable. Maybe you can get the whole US team expelled because somebody’s drunk aunt criticized Obama’s wife er something.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics–critic-of-nbc-has-twitter-account-suspended-after-network-complains.html

  34. garycooper says:

    I’m beginning to have my doubts about the overall beneficence of NBC. I also think Bob Costas dyes his hair. Sixty years old, and not a single gray hair? I’ve heard of the secret Grecian Formula, but this is ridiculous.

    • dwells38 says:

      It’s worse Gary, I think he’s completely bald. That’s a rug. We’re talkin’ captain Kirk here.

      • garycooper says:

        Well, we know he’s a self-described libturd Dummycrat. Nothing would surprise me, in terms of follicular fraud.

    • Fred Derf says:

      Bob Costas wears a rats next on his head. He turns 60 this year.

  35. Roger says:

    King Yertle is a hurtin’ in his girdle

  36. garycooper says:

    Did I really see a video today, of Michelle Obama hugging each and every member of the US Men’s basketball team? Because they defeated Fwance, in their first game? I’m pretty sure I did.

    • poteen2 says:

      Perks of being 1st Lady? HOPE that Kobe does it again? Did she CHANGE to her sexy undies?

  37. dwells38 says:

    And in case anyone’s wondering the Chinese are cheating in the Olympics, as usual:’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180836/London-Olympics-2012-Chinese-swimmer-Ye-Shiwen-breaks-world-record-leads-questions.html

    They overdid the mountain gorilla steroids a bit and she actually beat the men’s time which no one believes for a minute. Because she’s never come close to that before. Sad what totalitarian gov’ts do to their citizen (slaves). Wrecking their health and reputations for a medal count. Communist scum.

    • Pig says:

      I dunno, she doesn’t have that East German look about her. Trouble is, there’s so much cheatin and dopin in the Olympics that I’d hesitate to say anyone is clean. Including ours.

  38. haysoos says:

    this from LGF….jaw dropping delusional

    “One of the many reasons I love LGF is that people on here know how to have actual conversations without resorting to petty name calling and insults to those whose opinions differ from their own.”

    good grief, how stupid can you get

  39. garycooper says:

    Other reasons to love LGF:
    — diversity of opinion encouraged, on political issues
    — charismatic proprietor
    — advanced coding of site itself, many innovative, groundbreaking features
    — constant influx of invigorating, stimulating new members
    — “Now Playing”
    — Twitter!
    — photography, calendars, cookbook
    — hi-value subscription allows ad-free experience
    — Gus is like the crazy uncle you never knew you wanted and needed

  40. a-naughty-mouse says:

    It is not just the Pals. All of the countries around Israel are held back by dictatorships and misogyny. Face facts, anti semitism, totalitarianism, and hatred for women is not a strong basis for a culture to prosper. Never has, and never will.

  41. snowcrash says:

    Quick reminder to my fellow Texans, please remember to vote for Ted Cruz today. NRO had a good read on why Ted is the right choice.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/312576/yes-ted-cruz-texas-editors

  42. garycooper says:

    Because we can’t get enough!

  43. OLT's Braveheart Speech says:

    dwells38 :
    But on the flip side they have that great religion Islam which is a beacon of freedom and goodness the world over. Believe it or die.

    I prefer the bacon of freedom, especially if it comes with ass. Cake and beer are good, too.

    Islamists ban three out of four of the above.

  44. haysoos says:

    bottom line…
    when all the chest beating, howling, finger pointing, accusations, and bigotry die from lack of interest….
    Palistinian culture is inferior
    LOL

    • iSpeakJive says:

      These people could convince themselves that cannibal/headhunter culture is superior to western civ. Just give them 5 minutes. They’ll think of something.

      • haysoos says:

        “convince themselves”, the key here…like hypnosis…they are convinced Romney is too stupid, too rich and too elitist to win, completely disregarding that their prima dona prez was and is an unskilled, undisciplined, and inexperienced toad…one mans gaff is another mans right hook….LGF minions are delusional and have lost all objectivity…except for KT who gets pounded every time he tries to be nonpartisan….it’s a joke really….they love flowery gab, substance means nothing

      • OLT's Braveheart Speech says:

        I read that as “flowery garb” and thought “Oh shit, flowery furries.” Then my eyes corrected me.

    • Arachne says:

      Of course, the fact that their belief system and societal attitudes come straight out of the 7th Century couldn’t be holding them back – nah…..

  45. haysoos says:

    decades ago in the mid 70’s, my best friend met a girl and married her….she was a daughter of a wealthy Grosse Point, MI OBGYN…he was an Iranian and her mom was French…she and her sisters were raised in a secular home, typically American…we talked about the shakey toehold the Shah had on Iran and it was the first time I ever heard of holy jihad and mullahs…actually I was astounded…she warned with all of her heart that there would be grief ahead for the west with regard to Islam, which she hated…she actually predicted 9/11 back then…she said that one day Islam would come for us and she was right…jihad is unstoppable and there will be a showdown…all this time has gone by and I still talk to her every couple of years…she is well traveled in Iran, but not a citizen, just interested and knows a bit of the language and is a dark, beautiful woman after her father…I remember her looking at me and saying, they will come for us one day…they will never stop

  46. garycooper says:

    LGF is really taking off! The numbers are incredible this week.

  47. garycooper says:

    Chunky Vilanche has severely crippled the Romney campaign today, with assertions of disastrous gaffes on his trip abroad. Is there any coming back from this? 😯

    • dwells38 says:

      I know. Romney really screwed up by implying Israel is an economic, technological and cultural powerhouse and Palestine a hell hole of Islamic backwardness,ignorance, brutality and cynical hate-mongering. What was he thinking? Everyone knows one man’s mowing down of babies, grammas and other innocent civilians is another man’s freedom fighter.

      Reminds me of a funny George Carlin joke: If fire fighters fight fire and crime fighters fight crime, then what do freedom fighters fight?

      and

      • dwells38 says:

        I know you really wanted to know what I was going to say next but the ‘and’ was just a screw up.

    • Pakimon says:

      The moonbats know deep down that Obama is going to get the boot in November.

      They’ll try to spin anything Romney says or does into some sort of “disastrous gaffe” so they can keep their collective heads in the sand and their asses in the air..

      It’s fine by me. We’ll be here to give them a kick in their asses like a place kicker going for a 60 yard field goal. 😆

  48. Kurt's GI Joe Figures says:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/HotlineJosh/status/230430674685939712

    hey fatass, since you never read here: fuck you, you unapologetic lying sack of shit

  49. haysoos says:

    finally, the fun guys show up….

  50. Pakimon says:

    And now for something completely different.

    A screenshot from the upcoming blockbuster, Hunger Games 2

    http://tinyurl.com/ceq5ngh

  51. dwells38 says:

    Another feel good story from Charles’ favorite religion of death and hatred:

    Pakistan: Christian Nurses Poisioned For Eating During Ramadan…
    http://weaselzippers.blogspot.com/2012/07/pakistan-christian-nurses-poisioned-for.html

    Hey they were merciful. Some may survive! But who cares anyway. Christians are stupid right wingers and want to take away abortion and evolution.

  52. Zimriel says:

    I’ve been saying this elsewhere: but the core Palestinian population is Mizrahi. Their ancestors converted to Islam. That means they’re the same people as the Mizrahis in Israel. Yet the Israeli Jews are doing just fine whilst the Palestinians are still retarded.

    The Palestinians have worked at it to fail this hard.

  53. TopOtheWorld says:

    By JAMES TARANTO

    In Israel’s capital yesterday, Mitt Romney “added one more flat note to the image of the Republican presidential hopeful’s gaffe-prone international foray,” the Christian Science Monitor claims. In the New York Times account, Romney “offended Palestinian leaders . . ., thrusting himself again into a volatile issue while on his high-profile overseas trip.”

    Oy vey, what a meshugass! But actually, what Romney said was not a gaffe in any sense of the word that this column understands.

    Here’s the Romney quote, from the Monitor: “At a breakfast fund-raising event in Jerusalem Monday, Romney said he couldn’t help but notice the ‘dramatically stark difference in economic vitality’ between Israel and ‘the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority,’ and he concluded, ‘Culture makes all the difference.’ ”

    Romney added (as quoted by the Times): “As you come here and you see the G.D.P. per capita, for instance, in Israel, which is about $21,000, and compare that with the G.D.P. 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 that is also between other countries that are near or next to each other. Chile and Ecuador, Mexico and the United States.”

    The Monitor complains that Romney made “no mention . . . of the trade and mobility restrictions that Israel maintains over the occupied [i.e., disputed] territories of the West Bank and Gaza–restrictions that both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have said for years are key factors in hampering Palestinian economic growth.”

    This sentiment was amplified by Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian Authority politician, as the Times reports: “It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation.”

    The claim that Romney’s statement was “racist” is inflammatory but silly. Neither Jews nor Arabs constitute a distinct race; in the usual racial taxonomy both are classified as white. Ethnically, they are closely related, both Semitic peoples–as Arabs will sometimes point out to deflect the charge of “anti-Semitism,” a European word for Jew-hatred that translates awkwardly into the Middle Eastern context.

    The differences between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, or between Jews and Arabs more broadly, are in fact not racial but cultural, with “culture” understood broadly as encompassing everything from religion and politics to prevailing norms about work, family and all manner of social activity.

    Enlarge Image

    CloseAssociated Press/Charles Dharapak

    Romney in Israel’s capital
    .Erekat’s claim that the depressed Palestinian GDP per capita is the result of Israeli restrictions is overstated. There are many other Arab countries that do not suffer this disadvantage, and most of them are nowhere near as prosperous as Israel.

    According to the CIA World Factbook, the Jewish state had a per capita GDP of $31,400 in 2011, considerably higher than Romney’s estimate and the 41st highest in the world. The only Arab countries whose per capita GDPs topped Israel’s were Qatar (No. 2, at $104,300), the United Arab Emirates (No. 12 at $48,800) and Kuwait (No. 19 at $42,200)–all oil-rich states with sparse populations.

    National Review’s Mark Krikorian lists the figures for several other Arab countries:

    Lebanon’s is $15,700, Egypt $6,600, Jordan $6,000, Syria $5,100, Iraq $3,900. . . . Even Saudi Arabia has a per capita GDP significantly lower than Israel’s–$24,500–and Libya (also with oil and few people) is at $14,100. The CIA reports the combined per capita GDP of the West Bank and Gaza as $2,900; that’s lower than other Arab countries, so one could indeed plausibly argue that the “road blocks and closures and so on” are part of the reason for Palestinian backwardness, but obviously not a very large part and certainly not “most” of the reason, as claimed by Erekat.
    Yet even Krikorian goes too easy on Erekat. While it is no doubt true that Israeli trade and travel restrictions make the Palestinian economy less productive than it would otherwise be, the Israelis do not impose these restrictions for fun. Rather, their aim is to prevent terrorists from entering Israel and weapons of terrorism from entering the disputed territories. Israel would have no justification for these restrictions if terrorism and the hatred that fuels it were not part of Palestinian culture.

    So what Romney said was completely true (aside from his erroneous data on GDP per capita, and the correct numbers only make his point stronger). That doesn’t necessarily mean it wasn’t a gaffe. As Michael Kinsley famously observed: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.”

    To put it another way, a gaffe is a statement that is both true and impolitic, like when Romney said in London that he found foul-ups in preparations for the Olympics “disconcerting.”

    Romney’s statement about Palestinian culture would have been impolitic coming from a Middle East peace envoy. Depending on the circumstances, it might have been impolitic coming from a U.S. president. But Romney is a candidate for president in the most pro-Israel country in the world, probably including Israel itself. As Walter Russell Mead writes:

    By stressing the strength of his emotional and political commitment to Israel, Governor Romney hopes to strengthen his claim to be running as the red-blooded, truly American candidate against what the GOP devoutly hopes voters will see as the cosmopolitan, Europe loving, Israel-criticizing, Noam Chomsky-reading, French-thinking socialist now living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    In the context of an American presidential campaign, praising Jewish culture is anything but a gaffe. It’s about as politic a sentiment as one can express.