Herman Cain Blunders on Palestinian ‘Right of Return’

May 22, 2011 2:32pm

ABC News' Sarah Burke reports:

President Obama’s renewed Middle East policy was brought into focus for the second time this week in his speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. today. 

Minutes before he appeared at the podium, former Godfather Pizza executive Herman Cain joined his fellow Republican presidential contenders in slamming the president for his approach to the region. 

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Mr. Cain –widely considered to be a long-shot contender for the Republican Presidential nomination – appeared to be somewhat confused by the idea of the Palestinian “right of return” to Israeli territory. 

The “right of return” is among the many seemingly unbridgeable divides in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a concept to which Israel is firmly opposed.

Just this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the return of Palestinian refugees to Israel is “not going to happen.  Everybody knows it’s not going to happen.”

When asked about his stance on the matter, Cain appeared confused.

CAIN: Right of return? Right of return?

WALLACE: The Palestinian right of return.

CAIN: That's something that should be negotiated.

When asked again about whether he believes in the Palestinian right of return, Cain seemed unclear about the Israeli position on the matter, as well as his own.

CAIN: Yes, but under – but not under – Palestinian conditions. Yes. They should have a right to come back if that is a decision that Israel wants to make…. I don't think they have a big problem with people returning. 

Despite his confusion on matters of foreign policy, Candidate Cain is adamant that he is in it to win it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday in Atlanta, Cain proclaimed, “I am not running for second.”

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