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Politifact Check: The Jacksonville Debate

Updated on January 28, 2012 is a self proclaimed non partisan fact checking project operated by the Tampa Bay Times. They rate statements made by public officials ranging from truthful to pants on fire. Although they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009, they are not universally accepted as unbiased. Their intention to separate fact from fiction is taken in the general spirit to enlighten the voter.

Romney’s claim;"This president went before the United Nations and castigated Israel for building settlements. He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip."

According to the politifact ruling;

This question was put to the candidates by a self described Palestinian-American Republican in the audience;

"How would a Republican administration help bring peace to Palestine and Israel when most candidates barely recognize the existence of Palestine or its people?"

Politifact based their decision on the three speeches President Obama delivered to the United Nation. In his 2009 United Nations comments, the president declared the United States opposition to "the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." If one considers that a severe reprimand, as Mr. Romney does by his choice of using the word castigate, than the questioner has received his answer. A vote for Romney is a vote for the Israel’s right to continue building settlements. Although I am left to speculate, I would think the message rings clear to the Palestinian-American Republican, Mr. Romney can not be seen as an objective arbiter.

With respect to the second claim; “He said nothing about thousands of rockets being rained in on Israel from the Gaza Strip."

In another speech in front of the United Nations, the President specifically said "the slaughter of innocent Israelis is not resistance -- its injustice." That part of the Romneystatement seems to be clearly inaccurate.

I believe it is reasonable to conclude Mr. Romney can not expect the Palestinian-American Republican vote, but that can most likely be inferred from the framing of his question.

Politifact Therefore Rates the Romney claim as: A ‘False’ statement…


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    • gjfalcone profile image

      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Ron Paul has attempted to make that very debate point but to date, it has fell on deaf Ears. Thanks for adding substance to your comments John.

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Excellent article -very controversial at that....

      Yes, I think both Israel and Palestine have problems. The Palestinian people have suffered very much and there's little debate about that. However, how would any country react if they had terrorists coming into their land and blowing up women and children? Case and point: these two countries do not have it very good.

      Take care - voted up


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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      Thanks for the vote of support Michele. Politicians, as well as the Media have their agenda's. The recent Debates have made it clear to me that stoking the fire (ads) add to TV ratings.

      Thanks For SHARING Michele

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is a very interesting hub. I think it must be SHARED because so many people do not know the truth about Israel and the Gaza Strip. The news does not tell people much. Is Israel responed as many countries might have, many more people would have died. Thumbs up again.

      The media does tell people, however, that Obama is Anti- Israel, why do they do that?