At last Mitt Romney and Palestinians have found something they can agree on. And when you reflect on that something, I think you'll see more clearly why Romney keeps failing to get traction with American voters.
After going to Israel and offending Palestinians in the occupied territory by seeming to attribute their economic plight to "cultural" deficiencies, Romney decided to write a piece for National Review Online clarifying his point. And it turns out that when he talks about a culture conducive to prosperity he's largely talking about a culture featuring freedom. "The linkage between freedom and prosperity has a universal applicability," he writes.
I'm sure many Palestinians agree they could use more freedom, and that this would have economic benefits. West Bank Palestinians would like the freedom to transport goods directly from one town to another without taking bizarrely circuitous routes dictated by the existence of webs of illegal Israeli settlements -- and they'd like to be confident that, while they're en route, these roads won't suddenly be shut down by Israeli troops. Palestinian businesses (and residences) would like the freedom to control natural resources, so they could have running water seven days a week, rather than see the water siphoned off to fill swimming pools in those Israeli settlements.