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Romney hidden camera video reveals views on Middle East

  • A new secretly filmed video clip was released on Tuesday featuring U.S. Republican candidate Mitt Romney saying the Palestinians are committed to Israel's destruction.

    Romney is shown telling donors the Middle East will "remain an unsolved problem... and we kick the ball down the field".

    The video is the second to be released from a closed-door fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida in May.

    On Monday, the first portion of the clip was posted online in which Romney is seen telling donors that 47 percent of Americans will back Obama no matter what and "my job is not to worry about those people.”

    Speaking on Fox News on Tuesday, Romney defended his remarks, saying: "Those that are dependent on government and those that think government's job is to redistribute, I'm not going to get them.”

    The new footage shows Romney saying that Palestinians are "committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel" and “have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace”.

    The former Massachusetts governor is also shown discussing Iran's nuclear program, warning that the United States could come under attack.

    "If I were Iran, a crazed fanatic, I'd say let's get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago or some other place, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we'll just say, 'Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we're going to let off a dirty bomb'."

    The leak comes just seven weeks before the November 6 presidential election.

    Both clips were posted online by the liberal Mother Jones magazine.

    The video clips are said to have been filmed at a $50,000 a head fundraiser after Romney emerged as the likely Republican nominee. The picture is blurred out with the exception of his face.