At a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said he believes that the West Bank was justly acquired by Israel during war, so that today, “all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians.”
Israeli settlements in the West Bank are legitimate, he said, because the area was “ground that was gained during war” after “an aggressive attack on the part of Jordan and other countries on Israel”:
“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.”
Santorum did not clarify whether he believes everyone who lives in the West Bank should be accorded all the rights and responsibilities of Israeli citizenship.