Mike Huckabee: If Palestinians Want Their Own Country, They Should Go Take Over An Arab One

Apparently, this is what passes for foreign policy analysis among potential candidates for the GOP nomination in 2012:

JERUSALEM (AP) — Potential 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that if Palestinians want an independent state, they should seek it from Arabs — not Israel.

The evangelical minister and Fox News host said Jews should be allowed to settle anywhere throughout the biblical Land of Israel — an area that includes the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

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Huckabee suggested that a Palestinian state were to be established, it shouldn’t come at Israel’s expense.

“There are vast amounts of territory that are in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs. Maybe the international community can come together and accommodate,” he said in a meeting with reporters.

Huckabee made this statement, without any seeming sense of irony, at the same time he said this:

Huckabee went on to blast the Arab position – which has been adopted by the rest of the world – that the Jews must stop building in Judea and Samaria, lands claimed by the Palestinians, in order for peace to be achieved.

“To tell Jewish people, ‘You cannot live here, you cannot raise your children here,’ this is the true racism, this is apartheid,” said Huckabee. “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”

You can’t square this circle, folks.

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Comments

  1. Steve Metz says:

    Leads me to wonder if Huckabee has ever been outside the US other than, perhaps, on some paid junket. He clearly is clueless on the meaning that land has to people in most parts of the world.

  2. tps says:

    A country of Palestine already exists. Its called Jordan.

  3. tom p says:

    “A country of Palestine already exists. Its called Jordan.”

    tps…. a basic understanding of Middle East history helps, for instance, it wasn’t all that long ago that the West Bank WAS part of Jordan:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank

  4. And Gaza was part of Egypt.

    But Tom, how dare you confuse `em with facts!

  5. wr says:

    If Huckabee wants to be president of a country, he should take over an Arab one.

  6. PJ says:

    Maybe Huckabee is a believer of the “Jesus won’t return until all Jews return to Israel” crap? If so, then I guess you would need more land for the American Jews after they have been deported to Israel.

  7. An Interested Party says:

    And to think that some people actually see nothing wrong with mixing politics and religion…here is a prime example of why that is a bad thing…

  8. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***And Gaza was part of Egypt.***That’s what happens when you gang up on somebody, and proceed to get your a$$ whooped, you lose some of your turf…..

    ***Maybe Huckabee is a believer of the “Jesus won’t return until all Jews return to Israel” crap?***You mean when they get all of the promised land back and rebuild the temple?
    Knucklehead….

    ***If Huckabee wants to be president of a country, he should take over an Arab one.***like France or Great Britain?

    ***tps…. a basic understanding of Middle East history helps, for instance, it wasn’t all that long ago that the West Bank WAS part of Jordan:***And once apon a time Jordan was part of ?

  9. G.A.Phillips says:

    ***And to think that some people actually see nothing wrong with mixing politics and religion…here is a prime example of why that is a bad thing…***And so is abortion…….

  10. trtrw says:

    what’s wrong, asshole, Huckabee is right, palestinians should take Jordan as it was part of the british mandate of palestine there was no palestinian state before when those ungrateful mohammedan assholes were enslaved by the turks

  11. Boss Hog says:

    Soo at the end of the article it says:

    “He said any peace agreement has to recognize that “the Jewish people have indigenous rights to the land in which they occupy and live and it goes back not 60 years or 80 years but it goes back 3,500 years.”

    Does that mean Mike Huckabee will give the US back to the Native Americans who have indigenous rights to the land?

  12. MarkedMan says:

    Right wing Israelis are taking cheer from support of Christian fundamentalists like Huckabee. They should pause and give serious thought to the motives and mindset of these allies, who support a return to thirty century old borders not because they feel it is in the best interest of Jews, but because they feel it is a necessary pre-condition to the second coming. In which, by the way, they fully expect all the Jews to be massacred. In fact, many feel the Israelis will be destroyed by a nuclear armed Iran, and are actually cheering it on.

  13. anjin-san says:

    > “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”

    He ain’t spending much time hanging out with the brothers, is he?

  14. legion says:

    To riff on wr’s comment, if Huckabee wants to be President of (or even just live in) a strictly Christian nation, maybe he should emigrate to one…

  15. An Interested Party says:

    @MarkedMan: I would bet that right-wing Israelis don’t mind getting into bed with American Christian fundamentalists if it will suit their own agenda…they probably do realize what the ultimate aim is of their American partners, but tell themselves that these people believe in lunatic fantasies about the second coming that will never come to pass, after all, these Israelis are still waiting on the first coming…

  16. wr says:

    Is the Mike Huckabee who can’t imagine being told where to live because he’s a Christian the same one who has vapors if someone who is a Muslim tries to build a cultural center in a spot he doesn’t like?

  17. Vast Variety says:

    Yes, forced relocations of populations has worked well over the centuries, just ask the Aztecs or the Apache.

  18. Kylopod says:

    It is statements like this that make me wonder why Huck is possibly considered a serious candidate.