WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney told donors the Palestinians “have no interest whatsoever” in peace with Israel and if elected president he would just kick the issue down the road, a leaked video showed Tuesday.

Trailing in the polls, the Republican candidate could have done without the embarrassing disclosure as he desperately tries to make up ground on Democratic President Barack Obama with seven weeks to go until Americans vote on Nov 6.

Romney had already faced a barrage of criticism over initial excerpts from the May 17 fundraiser in which he writes off Democratic voters as “victims” that are beyond his help.

The liberal news magazine Mother Jones revealed more of Romney’s remarks from the $50k-a-plate Florida event on Tuesday, this time on foreign policy, and particularly related to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

Romney’s commander-in-chief credentials were already under the microscope after he was widely condemned for a bitter attack on Obama in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi assault, which claimed the lives of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.

Asked at the fundraiser if the “Palestinian problem” can be solved, Romney replied that the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”