Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that as president, he would offer the Palestinians “nothing” as part of a peace deal with Israel.
“I’m not convinced that the Palestinians are really interested in peace,” Cain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
“If we look at history, it has been clear that the Palestinians have always wanted to push Israelis and push Israel for more and more and more. I don’t agree with that. I respect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for taking a stand and saying they cannot give that up.”
He added: “Secondly, it’s Israel’s decision, not President Obama’s decision to where the borderline will be.”
Republican candidates expressed outraged this week President Barack Obama said that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”
Cain also seemed stumped when Wallace asked him about the principle that Palestinians and their decedents have a right to return to land vacated as a result of the 1948 Palestine War and 1967 Six-Day war.
“Where do you stand on the right of return?” Wallace asked.
“The right of return? The right of return?” Cain stammered.
“The Palestinian right of return,” Wallace clarified.
“That is something that should be negotiated,” Cain explained. “But not under Palestinian conditions. Yes. They should have a right to come back if that is a decision that Israel wants to make. Back to it’s up to Israel to determine the things they will accept.”
Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 22, 2011.