‘There are no Palestinians’

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Newsletter Wednesday January 4, 2012
Rick Santorum: ‘There are no Palestinians’

In a widely disseminated video, Santorum debates a young voter on the Iowa campaign trail • “There are no Palestinians,” he says • Echoes campaign rival Newt Gingrich’s statement that the Palestinians are an invented people.


Israel Hayom Staff
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, joined by wife Karen, left, addresses supporters in Johnston, Iowa.

Photo credit: AP

With former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum’s surprisingly good showing in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday (he trailed winner Mitt Romney by a mere eight votes) there is increasing scrutiny among Conservatives and Progressives of his views on Israel.

Several blogs and web sites, including Foreign Policy’s Passport blog, dug up a video on Wednesday, apparently filmed by CNN, showing Santorum debating a young man in Iowa in November over Israel’s settlement policy.

“Do you think Israel should dismantle its settlements?” the young man asks Santorum during one of his Iowa campaign stops.

Should we give Texas back to Mexico?” Santorum replies.

“I don’t think we should recognize a recent annexation,” the young man argues.

“Oh, so it depends on whether its recent or not?” says Santorum.

“The “West Bank” was conquered because of an aggressive attack by Jordan and other countries on Israel,” Santorum continues, “It wasn’t annexed. It was ground that was gained during a war. So are we saying that ground gained during war has to be given back? [Israel] was attacked and they responded. Should every country that gained territory through war have to give it back? In that case we’d have to redraw all the maps of the world depending on how far you want to go back.”

Next, echoing his campaign rival Newt Gingrich’s statement that the Palestinians are an invented people, Santorum continued:

“All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. They’re not Palestinian. There [are] no Palestinians. This is Israeli land. They have a right to negotiate what they believe is in the best interests of their country and they have a right to build things based on the ownership of that land.”

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 at the age of 32, and from 1995 to 2007, served in the U.S .Senate. He is known for his fiscal and culturally conservative views and was one of the architects of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. He is also a strong opponent of abortion.

If elected president, Santorum has vowed to take out Iran’s nukes and has said that Iranian nuclear scientists are “enemy combatants” that should be targeted for assassination.


3 Responses to ‘There are no Palestinians’

  1. Mortimer Tournbulle says:

    The conquered lands of Israel/Judea was turned into a province within the Roman Empire called Syria-“Palaestina” by Hadrian in 135, after an extensive set of Wars between the Roman occupation forces and the Judean peoples starting around 66AD (outlined by Joseph ben Matityahu better known as Titus Flavius Josephus, within his The Jewish Wars written about 75AD and Antiquities of the Jews written around 94AD) and remained so into 390AD. After the War against the rebellious Jews, in honor of the victory the Roman General Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus was honored by his brother, and then Emperor of Rome; Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus in 82AD by the victory Arch; Arch of Titus, located on the Via Sacra in Rome. This basic bit of ancient stone masonry outlines the myth of any “Palestinian” people bluntly as it clearly shows Jews being lead away after the Roman conquest of Judea not “Palestine” unless the Judeans still living in the lands after 135AD were referred to as “Palaestinians”

  2. Anonymous says:

    “All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. They’re not Palestinian. There [are] no Palestinians.”

    You do realize that this very strongly implies that all of the Arabs living west of the Jordan River should be recognized as Israeli citizens and therefore have the vote for Knesset elections, right?

    • Barzel_18 says:

      Muslims despise the host countries which give them equality and freedom to live, work and go to school.

      There are 56 ISLAMIC STATES and not one of them give “rights” to non Muslims… Muslims treat non-muslims working in *their* country as “resident strangers” and I hope our decent and civilized societies will reflect the same respect they give to us.

      There have been over 18,000 ISLAMIC TERRORIST ATTACKS ALL OVER THE WORLD since the islamic slaughter of 1,000’s on 9/11. MUSLIMS should live in Saudi Arabia where there is 100% muslim population and Sharia rules.

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