Gov. Perry Shows His Ignorance On The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

September 16, 2011 5:24 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has written an op-ed, published in both the Jerusalem Post and Wall Street Journal, assailing the impending Palestinian statehood initiative before the United Nations and, unsurprisingly, putting much of the blame on the Obama administration.

Perry, of course, has little knowledge of foreign policy, which is evident by the fact that most of the claims in these likely ghostwritten pieces are so easily refutable. (Perry is apparently learning the ropes from Doug Feith, a Bush administration official infamous for cooking the intelligence that led to the Iraq war.)

Highlighting his inability to accurately connect interrelated issues or make logical conclusions, Perry claims that through their statehood efforts at the U.N., "the Palestinians are signaling that they have no interest in a two-state solution." That's nonsensical. The whole point of the U.N. move is to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. By definition, those would be two different states. This sort of ignorance permeates the piece.

Check out our fact check of Rick Perry's op-ed here.

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