Huckabee in 2007: ‘There’s No Such Thing as a Palestinian’

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Building off former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s rejection of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, Josh Smilovitz at the Israel Policy Forum finds video from 2007 of Huckabee telling a Jewish gathering that those people who think of themselves as Palestinians are really suffering from a false national consciousness.

HUCKABEE: Basically, there really is no such thing as — I have to be careful in saying this, because people will really — but there’s no such thing as a Palestinian.

INTERLOCUTOR: No, that’s true.

HUCKABEE: There’s not.

INTERLOCUTOR #2: Finally, someone said it!

INTERLOCUTOR #2: Before 1948, there was all Arabs who were– you were — you were –

HUCKABEE: You had Arabs and Persians. And there’s such complexity within that. There is really no such thing. That has been a political tool to try to force land away from Israel. What my point is, if that’s the issue, if it’s real estate, if you look at a map, and say here is how much Israel has and here is how much the Arab states hold, there is plenty of land for them to have. Let them take it out of Egypt. Let’s take it out of Syria. Let’em take it out of Jordan. There are plenty of places for this to be. Without sacrificing the Golan Heights, which would be suicide. Suicide.

Do I have the heart to tell Huckabee that the Golan Heights have nothing to do with Palestinian territory? Ah, well, he actually goes on to say he’s been to the Golan and looked down at “Syrian bunkers,” but the conflation is still bizarre. Well, not actually bizarre if you believe that there are simply “Arabs and Persians” between Afghanistan and what’s now Israel and the “complexity” within those categories isn’t worth remarking upon. You would, alas, not be a particularly trustworthy person to consult on Middle Eastern affairs.

It’s amazing: here’s a major political figure, then a candidate for president, as he probably will be again, denying that the Palestinians exist as a nation. He then goes on to argue that Arabs are an undifferentiated mass, and if people care so much about Palestinian statehood, they should just take a chunk out of places that aren’t historic Palestine and give that to them. Hey, they’re all Arabs, so whatever!

If ever anyone started to make dubious historical arguments to deny the historical roots of Zionism — let alone that ludicrous historical assertions undermine the right of Israelis to live in their own state — as a plot against the Arabs, he would be run out of the political discourse. In this country, he gets a Fox News TV show and a shot at the GOP presidential nomination.

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christopherwing
Comment posted August 18, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

Someone tell Huckabee that Jews don't think Jesus is the Messiah – and someone tell the Jews that Huckabee is using them to try and fulfill his mythological biblical Armageddon.

I guess you might also want to clue him in that before WWII, there was no such thing as an Israeli.

I wish people didn't believe in fairy tales.


Tristram Draper
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

There were Israelites at one point.

A lot of today's problems are at least exacerbated by this odd notion of pan-arabism. (is that a word?)


Douglas
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

Its true, there is no such thing as a Palestinian. Palestine comes from the Roman word Palaestina. This is the name (“Provincia Syria Palaestina”) Hadrian gave to the Judea area to demoralize the Jews and try to blot out the name of Israel by naming it after their mortal enemies: the Philistines. It has been scientifically proven that so called “Palestinians” are of no relation to the now extinct Philistines. Your argument regarding Zionism is of no bearing with these facts. Zionism is over 2,500 years old. All you have to do is read the Bible to find numerous references to a return to Israel. Yet if you go back 2500 years, you will find no people in Israel called Palestinians. Israel has never been historically “Palestinian.” You think Nablus is historically Palestian? Haha In the Kingdom of Israel it was Shem, the birth place of King David. There is no word in the arab language that is Nablus. Its from the Greek word Napalus aka NAPLES! The Palestinians aren't very good at pronouncing p's. Do you want to give Nablus back to Greece now too? There is no place in Israel that is not historically Israeli. Not a single place that a palestinian can make a claim that a Jew cannot make 1000 years older. I don't like Huckabee, but he is right on this one. And you need to learn more about history.


Tristram Draper
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 7:07 pm

You can't really go back 2500 years because if you do, why stop there?


Douglas
Comment posted August 19, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

Yeah well you can't go back to fantasy land either. The facts are what they are.


susiedm
Comment posted August 20, 2009 @ 6:00 am

Hey, I have a better solution for Huckabee;

Using Huckabee logic, since Palestinians had nothing to do with The Holocaust, how about we give Germany to the “Israelis” and call it a day!

The Germans can just move to Italy or another country, since they are all Europeans anyway so whats the big deal, right?…

What a narrow minded, racist that numpty is.

Cant believe anyone takes him or his politics seriously.


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Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

so weird that Huckabee is right. It's time for the Arabs to go home — to Arabia, where they belong.


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Comment posted August 22, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

you know you arab-lovers are so weird. if you lived there, you wouldn't be able to walk down the street holding your girlfriend's hand. You wouldn't be able to go to church. You wouldn't be able to have a cocktail. You wouldn't be able to get a job with any government department. You would be watched all the time. And yet you defend these countries?


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Anonymous
Comment posted June 1, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

NO SUCH THING AS PALESTINIANS:  March 31, 1977, the Dutch newspaper Trouw
published an interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive
committee member Zahir Muhsein.
Here’s what he said:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian
state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel
for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians,
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do
we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national
interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian
people” to oppose Zionism.

For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders,
cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa, while as a Palestinian, I can
undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa,Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment
we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite
Palestine and Jordan.”

 


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