Mike Huckabee is having his most Mike Huckabee trip to Israel yet

Of all of the Republican evangelical candidates trying to out-Jesus each other on their apocalyptic Jewish question, Mike Huckabee is Jesusing the most. This is to be expected, of course, as he has visited the country dozens of times and spoken with quite a bit of authority about how Obama is so much like Chamberlain and Hitler that he may as well be building a second Auschwitz just so he stand in front of it while he surrenders to the Marxist-Islamo-fascist ayatollah.

But the trip to Israel that Huckabee is currently on may be the most Huckabee trip to Israel yet.

For starters, there’s this deep-fried bag of Manifest Christianity:

And then there’s the fact that Huckabee used the trip to become the first presidential candidate in American history to hold a fundraiser in an illegal West Bank settlement. Yesterday, Huckabee visited the home of wealthy Americans living in the settlement neighborhood of Shilo, presumably assuring them that, while he thinks they’re all going to Hell, he’s willing to take their money and ensure that they can spend the intervening years before their descent on someone else’s land.

For Huckabee, this wasn’t a problem at all because, as far as he’s concerned, the West Bank is as much a part of Israel as Manhattan is part of New York. From The Guardian:

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

Rejecting the use of the words “West Bank”, Huckabee said it should be called “Judea and Samaria”, adding: “I don’t see it as occupied, that makes it appear as if someone is illegally taking land. I don’t see it that way.”

He went on: “In America, we have about a 400-year relationship to Manhattan. It would be as if I came and said we need to end our occupation of Manhattan. I’m pretty sure most Americans would find that laughable.”

This is as correct as as saying that the 14th Amendment is unconstitutional. It’s one thing hold the (morally objectionable) religious belief that the entire area of what was formerly known as Judea and Samaria should be part of Israel, it’s another thing entirely to say that it is. In effect, Huckabee has looked at settled international law and said, “nah.” As he continued:

I would love to see a true peace in the world, but the question is does Israel have a right to build bedrooms for the expanding number of people who are coming here, who are making aliyah [emigrating to Israel], to make sure their people have a secure land they can defend? I don’t know why anyone on this earth would think that they should surrender that right.

“Bedrooms” sure is an odd way to say “illegal settlements.” Especially when they don’t have a legal right to the land in the first place. And even more especially when those settlements are used as bases from which to set the bedrooms of Palestinians on fire, while the Israeli government more or less looks the other way.

Huckabee, who for being a self-professed expert on Israel is awfully confused as to what people mean when they say “two-state solution,” flubbed a few more basic facts about world affairs during yesterday’s press conference, including calling Russia the “Soviet Union” and implying that Jordan –which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994 — was one of the country’s enemies.


Huckabee is more than far out of the American mainstream in rejecting the idea of a two state solution; he’s to the right of much of Israel’s right wing in insisting that a one-state solution has already been reached, and that Palestinians don’t actually exist. Which makes it all the more shameful that he has the ear of Israel’s prime minister, who he also met with yesterday.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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9 Responses to “Mike Huckabee is having his most Mike Huckabee trip to Israel yet”

  1. hidflect says:

    Given evangelical views on the Rapture I’m not sure people like Huckabee should ever be let anywhere near the nuclear launch codes. And I think even the Rightest of the electorate know this too…

  2. DoverBill says:

    Except for one small detail: the “oven door” is a part of reality.

    Four horses (of a different color) galloping out of the clouds is pure and unequivocal bullshit.

    Or do I have the Rapture and the Apocalypse confused as I can’t keep this crap straight anymore!

  3. DoverBill says:

    Anyone know who is picking up the tab for his trip as this grifter won’t do a fucking thing until there is a dollar to be made in it?

  4. John Smith says:

    So the Arkansas Antichrist is busy preparing the way for Rapture. Or at least that is what he will tell the rubes in his fundraising pitch.

  5. BeccaM says:

    I wonder if Fuckabee has any clue that Israel’s abortion laws and policies are among the most liberal anywhere, up to and including the government paying for them in some cases.


    And rather liberal on LGBT rights. They don’t have same-sex marriages in Israel, but do recognize those which were performed elsewhere.


    Mind, I’m not saying they’re perfect. Far from it. Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is just a hair away from what was done to the Jews in Europe. Forced relocation, ghettos, illegal occupation and asset seizure, economic warfare, indiscriminate violent reprisals… I’m just saying that Huck sure does seem willing to overlook stuff where back home, he’s already said he’d violate the U.S. Constitution to enforce his radical fundamentalist agenda.

  6. Indigo says:

    Cynically exploiting each other. What a circus!

  7. MoonDragon says:

    As it has been explained to me, Jews are well aware of this, but as long as it is limited to beliefs that keep the tourists and their dollars flowing, most Jews just laugh and collect the cash. The notion of these idiots being in positions to effect policies is another matter.

  8. Indigo says:

    It seems odd that the modern Israeli do not grasp that the American Fundamentalists want Israel to exist only as a vehicle to bring about the great battle at the End of the World. That’s ultimately much more horrifying than an “oven door.”

  9. 2karmanot says:

    There is even a more basic view of Israel’s ‘right’ to it’s ‘historical’ homeland and that is the so-called divine imprimatur of Gawd’s chosen peoples. First and foremost,, there is absolutely no significant archaeological evidence whatsoever that Jews were led to the ‘promised land’ by Moses. Evidence does show that Israelite’s, like virtually every other ascended power in the region gained their sovereignty by coalescing tribal self interest and slaughtering their way to nation state kingdoms. Abrahamic patriarchy, slavery and death were the divine tools of aggression used then as now in the West Bank and illegal land grabs of settlements. the Israel of today is not some post Holocaust event of justice. Israel is an apartheid aggressor state, maintaining its questionable legitimacy by its old penchant for slaughter and domination. The Israel of today shames the sacrifices of its terrible diaspora past.

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