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December 8, 2011 2:18 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Santorum on Occupy Wall Street Anti-Semitism and his ‘West Bank’ Comments

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Former Senator Rick Santorum speaking at CPAC FL in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Gage Skidmore.

“Well I’m not an expert on the Occupy Wall Street movement” said Rick Santorum when asked by The Algemeiner during a Rushmore PAC conference call on Monday about reports of the movement’s antisemitic undertones, “but there is certainly ample evidence of anti Zionism and antisemitism among many in the Occupy Wall Street movement, much more so than there is any kind of racial bigotry…..yet we hear a lot about one and nothing about the other.”

Regarding his recent CNN interview where he said that the Israeli territories of Judea and Samaria are “legitimately Israeli country,” Santorum clarified, “here is my position on this and the reason I answered it the way I did, that area which is part of Israel which was taken justifiably via war is up to the State of Israel to determine its fate.” When asked if he would advocate for the annexation of the territories he said, “when you you say “would I advocate for” the answer is no, I wouldn’t “advocate for” I would be working with my ally and supporting them in what they determine is in the best interests of their country.”

“I would not be as previous Presidents have,” he continued “pushing the Israelis toward a particular result, because we believe it is in the best interests of our country or some sort of ‘Peace,’ that we have determined is in the best interests of Israel and the region.” Santorum concluded “so my position has been that this is all Israeli territory, it was gained through legitimate means, and they have the right of determining what happens to that ground and to the people who live there.”

Santorum, who recently predicted that supporters of former Presidential candidate Herman Cain would pledge their support to his campaign, has consistently polled in the low single digits. A recent Gallup poll puts him at 6th place.

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