By GEOFF HOLTZMAN
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON – During a major foreign policy speech in Virginia today, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he would back a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.
The candidate who told supporters earlier this year that Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever” in establishing peace with Israel, declared today that as president, he “will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.”
“On this vital issue, the president has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new President will bring the chance to begin anew.”
Romney has attacked President Obama repeatedly during the campaign for calling on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, a proposal that has no legs with the current Israeli regime.
The speech, which Romney delivered on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute, comes roughly one week before his next debate against Obama, which will cover some foreign policy issues.