Rick Santorum on the West Bank: “There is no ‘Palestine.’ This is Israeli Land.”

santorumGOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum‘s controversial statement about Palestinians in the West Bank continues to rankle:

The bottom line is that that is legitimately Israeli country. And they have a right to do within their country just like we have a right to do within our country. If they want to negotiate with Israelis, and all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’ This is Israeli land.”

Salon’s Justin Elliot wonders:

What does Rick Santorum think should happen to the 2 million-plus Palestinians (or, as Santorum argues, “Israelis”) living in the West Bank? Should they be given full civil and voting rights? That would likely mean the end of a Jewish-majority Israel.  Should they be permanently integrated into Israel as residents without rights? That’s where the “apartheid” issue comes in. Or should these people be made to somehow leave or be forced out of the land?

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What do you think about Santorum’s statement?

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8 thoughts on “Rick Santorum on the West Bank: “There is no ‘Palestine.’ This is Israeli Land.”

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  3. Santorum has proven himself time and again to be a bible thumping moron. He’s just a puppet of the church establishment and will continue to put the interests of his church over the interests of the country. Did you know he screwed over the American Veteran’s home in DC out of about $50 million by forcing them to sell their land to the Catholic Church? Great guy, huh? But keep in mind, this is also the same guy who rails against gays and Muslims and has said he would try to ban contraception if he becomes president. Saying that Palestine doesn’t belong to the Palestinians who have lived there for generations is absurd but plays into what the neo-conservatives and Zionists want to hear.

  4. I don’t have any vested interest in this issue – other than as a general matter of fairness. Hopefully the parties can find some agreement in a more equitable manner than the way America treated its Native peoples.

  5. From a secular view the idea that God gave and created this land for Jews is preposterous. It is only because they say it is and have a 6,000 year old book that says so. And the fact the people use this Old Testament to validate Israel’s claims is ridiculous as well.

    • Religion is, arguably, the foundation of this endless border dispute. Isn’t it confounding that a spiritual institution meant to inspire peace & love has become the basis for war & hatred?

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