Former Governor of Arkansas and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, visited the Gush Katif Museum Wednesday.
In Israel for a tour of support, Huckabee toured the musem’s exhibitions in Jerusalem chronicling the vibrant Jewish life cut short by Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan.
“I’m not here as a zionist, but as a human being,” Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, told a COLlive reporter.
“We all must learn the lesson from Gush Katif. (People) should be able to live anywhere in Israel, like in America,” he added, flanked by New York Assemblyman (D) Dov Hikind.
During the three-day visit sponsored by the Ateret Cohanim organization, Huckabee said that establishing a Palestinian state in “the middle of the Jewish homeland” would be “unrealistic.”
Time magazine called his 11th trip to Israel “Huckabee’s First 2012 Campaign Stop.”
The Obama Administration has been at odds with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyanhu over settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Matthew Kalman reported.
And Huckabee has used his trip to accuse Barack Obama of zigzagging on pledges to Israel made during his 2008 campaign.
“Our primary concern ought to be whether or not Iran is weaponizing nuclear material, not whether 20 peaceful Jewish families happen to be moving into a neighborhood in their own country,” Huckabee said.