Yesterday the Outside the Beltway blog flagged a video from back in November in which Rick Santorum offers an unusual solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict: Pretend one side doesn’t exist.

“All the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis,” he tells the young reporter. “They are not Palestinians. There is no Palestinian. This is Israeli land.”

Earlier in the video the former Pennsylvania senator asserts Israel’s claim to the West Bank as the spoils of the 1967 war, likening it to the Mexican Cession.

OTB’s Doug Mataconis writes,

The radical nature of Santorum’s statement cannot be understated. Even the current government of Israel has accepted the idea of a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestinian dispute, the only question is how the parties are going to be able to get to the negotiating table to make that a possibility. Only the most radical advocates of a so-called “Greater Israel” hold on to the idea that Israel should hold on to all the territory acquired by the 1967 war despite the rather obvious desire of the people who live their for independence.

If nothing else, this seems to indicate the extent to which Santorum’s foreign policy vision is influenced more by religious fervor that demands absolute loyalty to Israel than by acting in the interests of the United States.

Watch here:

In case you weren’t sure, WaPo’s Glenn Kessler cites some CIA World Factbook figures that show that Palestinians do in fact exist.