Santorum is a one-stater– he says all of West Bank is Israel

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We posted this video more than a month ago, but it’s worth reposting in light of Rick Santorum’s kinda triumph last night. ThinkProgress’s Eli Clifton, a great reporter, snagged this a while back (and you wonder why Center for American Progress is under attack from the right wing). His transcript of a bristling exchange between a young person and the former Pennsylvania senator, who has obviously studied hasbara:

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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