Mike Huckabee Is Now to the Right of Hamas on Israel/Palestine

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 10:20 am

If I gave a speech saying that Israel had the right, invested in it by God, to permanently rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in violation of their rights and their legitimate aspirations, I’d be outing myself as a dangerous fanatic who has no problem with a Jewish democracy becoming a Jewish apartheid state. So when will people start listening to what Mike Huckabee is actually saying?

Former U.S. presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Tuesday there is no room for a Palestinian state “in the middle of the Jewish homeland” and Israel should be able to build settlements wherever it wants — taking a stance firmly at odds with Washington.

It’s not just at odds with Washington. It’s a stance at odds with the entire international community, pretty much every Israeli government of the past 15 years and, as Amjad Atallah writes, it’s even to the right of Hamas. Huckabee has gone far beyond pandering to the Israel lobby in pursuit of evangelical support for the 2012 GOP nomination. What do the Palestinians get from Huckabee?

“The question is should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That’s what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic.”

If Huckabee has any idea what he’s talking about — which at this point is an open question and the only exculpatory option for him — then he’s advocating the transfer of millions of Palestinians from the West Bank (and, who knows, maybe Gaza) to a different Arab state. That’s commonly known as “ethnic cleansing.” Israel and the world, rightly, consider transfer to be monstrous. Or, I suppose, he could mean tiny Palestinian Bantustans, swallowed up by ever expanding Israeli settlements, which could “govern” themselves under endless Israeli occupation. If we take Huckabee at his word, those are the only two choices. And this is the guy who’s based his entire political profile on good Christian values.

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Pingback posted August 18, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

[...] But does Mr. Huckabee get that what he’s proposing is tantamount to ethnic cleansing? Eradicating all Arabs from Israel and moving them somewhere else. I wonder if King Abdullah of Jordan is paying attention, because what Huckabee is asserting as policy, as he sucks up to 2012 crowd, is not only ridiculous, but dangerous. See Spencer Ackerman. [...]


qaz2wsx_1
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

There exists a 'palestinian' state already.
It's called Jordan! By their own count they're 70% 'palestinian'. Their King's wife is 'palestinian' and his children (including the next King) consider themselves 'palestinian'.
Do you really think making the west bank judenrein (along with all the rest of the arab world), and establishing a second 'palestinian' state will bring instant peace?

P.S. Israeli communities on the west bank are 2-3% of that land, and their borders are currently capped at that (and have been since 1999). Obama wants 'natural growth' within this 2-3% stopped. Your characterisation of “ever expanding Israeli settlements” that will somehow swallow up the other 98% magically, is an outright lie.

COMPARING HUCKABEE TO HAMAS IS DISGUSTING!!!!!! THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE DRIVEL!!!!!


imbalanced
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

I agree with what that guy said. Looking at the history of Palestinians, they are not content with just half of Jerusalem, and they will eventually destroy anything that gets in their way. You can't say Huckabee is for ethnic cleansing without being completely ignorant of the current state of affairs, including the dynamic of Israel, the beliefs of Huckabee, and the sovereignty of a nation that the United States has no right to dictate rules to.


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frankier
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

” [...] sovereignty of a nation that the United States has no right to dictate rules to.[...] “

Our right stems from sending a $3B-$4B check to Israel.
If Israel does not want the US to have a say in what they do, then they can send the check(s) back here in the US so that we can use it for the American people.


workingwomanintn
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

Amen, imbalanced.


rajman
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

You beat me to it, but spot on. I agree that Huck is both a fanatic and doesn't know what he's talking about. As a Christian, I am outraged by people like him.

As for the comment about Israeli communities being 2-3% of WB land, sure, if you only include the area covered by home and not roads and other “controlled” areas which then pushes it to at least 10-20 times that number. Go visit the WB and tell me then these are puny outposts. Just pure uninformed, or worse, Orwellian drivel.


strangely_enough
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

Hasbara is tough work…


qaz2wsx_1
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

I'm curious, when Jimmy Carter (inspired by his Christian faith as always) strolls into Hamas controlled Gaza, and chats face to face with it's leader Ismael Haniya, or when he goes to Syria and chews the fat with Khalid Meshal, are you “outraged” ?

Do you have any idea what these organisations are?
Do you have any idea who these people are?
Do you realise what sort of legitimacy he gives them when he participates in their propaganda?

How is no one says anything about Carter's “Christian values”?

Seriously look into statements like Ackerman's that all west bank land will be “swallowed up by ever expanding Israeli settlements”. It's pure incitement. Since Barak was elected in 99, there hasn't been a single expansion BEYOND this 2-3%. That means no electricity, no water, no Israeli legality beyond this point.

FYI, in negotiations (Barak 2000, Olmert 2009) 5-8% of the west bank could have connected 75-80% of all Jews there INCLUDING fingers connecting them to pre-67 Israel. This land could have been swapped for a corridor between the west bank and Gaza.


a balanced view
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

Could it possibly be that Christ is an apartheid advocate?
Not even remotely. If you are a Christian, the most important tenets of Christianity are quite clear. To live your life as a reflection of Christs love and forgiveness, so that others may see Christs example in your life. Love you neighbor as yourself. When you are kind or Cruel to the least of your brothers, you are being kind or Cruel to Christ.

Mike Huckabee is so politically hungry that he would have his christian brethren all but abandon the major tenets of Christs teaching, (as he advocates BRUTALIZING what MUST be considered the least of our brothers economically, and from a human rights standpoint) so that HIS (mike Huchabees, not Christs) followers may focus on an utterly misinterpreted view of the importance of the presence of Jewish people occupying ALL of what is considered to be their historic homeland. Pretty much the same evil reasoning that led to the crusades, although back then, they were perfectly content to slaughter Jews as well.

He does this in an effort to further his political career and to undermine our current president. He does this regardless of the fact that the occupation and the settlements that he supports are an inspiration for terror throughout the middle east, fo terror against Israel, and that they helped contribute to the terrorist funding and recruiting that helped bring about 9/11, and will undoubtedly lead to similar acts in the future if the situation remains as such.

That is how badly that Mike Huckabee wants to be politically powerful. He Would abandon Christ, abandon the welfare of his own nation, abandon the welfare of Israel, and utterly forsake the welfare of some of the worlds most put upon and impoverished people.

I hope he finds that it is worth it. My only advice is:
Keep washing those hands Mike. That's a LOT of blood for so little personal gain.


a balanced view
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

You sound a great deal like those KKK boys who say that Africa is the home of American Blacks, and that they should go back.

Like them, you are not really SAYING what you really mean. That you would forcibly remove those people from their homes and replace them with people of another ethnic background.

That's commonly known as ethnic cleansing, a concept that is as reviled in Israel (by the vast majority of Israelis) as it is around the rest of the world.

Furthermore, not a SINGLE OTHER NATION ON EARTH recognizes the legitimacy of any settlements on Palestinian land in East Jerusalem or the West Bank. The Geveva convention FORBIDS the transfer of civilians onto land occupied during war.


charlesvaird
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 10:10 pm

U.S. Republican Mike Huckabee, instead of attending a formal dinner on Sunday at the contentious Shepherd Hotel in East Jerusalem, should instead be persuading his GOP colleagues to STOP all aid to Israel in an attempt to stave off the inevitable nuclear war that is coming to the Middle East. As soon as Israel attacks Iran – with US supplied F16 and F15 bombers, missile launchers, bunker-busting bombs and white phosphorus etc. – Iran will retaliate with long-range missiles targeted at Tel Aviv. Barak and Netanyahu will then have no option other than to strike with warheads from its secret 200-400 nuclear weapon store. The conflict will then spread rapidly to mainland Europe and Iran will activate its dissident cells in Europe and North America. It will be the beginning of the first world nuclear war. Perhaps Mike Huck should reavaluate his priorities.


John Hynde
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 3:23 am

Carter never said he agreed with Hamas, he merely negotiated with them. Huckabee on the other hand is more to the right than the current fascist Israeli government. So what's your point exactly ?


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J.
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

Mike Huckabee isn't a Christian, he's a politician, and they go by a different Bible.


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