Santorum says West Bank is Israel’s Texas, and all who live there are ‘Israelis’

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Gosh I wish I understood who Santorum is pandering to, Christians? But in the pugnacious guessing game he plays above with a smart questioner, the former Senator says that “all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis.” So is that an inadvertent recognition that it’s one political entity now, and Palestinians must have Israel voting rights? Eli Clifton reports on Iowa exchange above, at ThinkProgress:

In a recorded conversation during a Friday campaign stop in Iowa, former Republican senator Rick Santorum offered a surprisingly hawkish set of foreign policy views (even for Santorum) on both Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After telling a questioner that the U.S. should target Iranian nuclear scientists for assassination, the GOP presidential hopeful went on to say that “all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians” and offered his endorsement of Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. Santorum even went so far as to compare Israeli annexation of the West Bank to the acquisition of Texas during the Mexican-American war:

QUESTIONER: Do you think Israel should dismantle its settlements?

SANTORUM: No. The West Bank, is this part of Israel?

QUESTIONER: [inaudible] According to 48? [inaudible] […]

SANTORUM: Is Mexico part of the United States?

QUESTIONER: No.

SANTORUM: How did we get New Mexico and Texas?

QUESTIONER: Through war.

SANTORUM: How did they get the West Bank? [inaudible] Through a war. Should we give Texas back to Mexico?

QUESTIONER: Well I don’t think you should recognize recent annexations.

SANTORUM: Oh, so it depends whether it’s recent or not? So we should have given New Mexico and Texas back 150 years go? […] 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.

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