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Pat Robertson on Alleged Khashoggi Murder: You ‘Don’t Blow Up an International Alliance Over One Person’

Televangelical Pat Robertson said the controversy surrounding Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance is not worth endangering the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

As the world continues to demand answers over Khashoggi’s alleged murder inside of the Saudi consulate of Istanbul, Robertson used a portion of The 700 Club this week to argue that people cannot get worked up over this. While Robertson called the Saudi Royal family “obnoxious” in terms of their faith, legal system and stance on womens rights, he still insists that Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be punished when there’s Iran to contend with and a major arms sale to finalize with the U.S.

“You’ve got one journalist — who knows? Was it an interrogation? Was he assassinated? Were there rogue elements? Who did it?…You’ve got $100 billion worth of arms sales…We’ve got to have some Arab allies. We have to have it! We cannot alienate a biggest player in the Middle East who is a bulwark against Iran.”

Minor side note by the way: no $100 billion U.S.-Saudi arms deal has been formally agreed upon.

At one point, Robertson’s co-host Wendy Griffith questioned whether its a good idea to allow the killing of journalists. Robertson’s answer: “We’ve had so many people killed. We’ve had CIA people killed in Lebanon. People have been taken hostage over the years. I know it’s bad, but we’ve had all kinds of stuff, but you don’t blow up an international alliance over one person.”

Watch above, via Right Wing Watch

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