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Clashes erupt as Mike Huckabee leads 2 a.m. rush of 4,000 right-wing Israelis to pray in West Bank

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Former governor Mike Huckabee is filmed leading thousands of right-wing Israelis in prayer at Joseph’s Tomb outside of Nablus in the early morning hours, prompting clashes between the Israeli military and Palestinians. Ma’an News Agency reports, “Clashes erupted between local Palestinians and Israeli soldiers who escorted some 4,000 right-wing Israelis to Joseph’s Tomb east of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank overnight Sunday, when at least two Palestinians were detained and several others suffered from tear gas inhalation. Among the group of Israelis who arrived to the site under armed protection was Mike Huckabee, former US governor of the state of Arkansas.”

Huckabee plays the Iran Holocaust trump card

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Mike Huckabee invokes the Holocaust re Iran Deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Mike Huckabee’s ‘welcome to Israel’ bash was in a settlement

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Sushi and wine were in abundance in the West Bank settlement of Psagot near Ramallah Monday night as former Arkansas Governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was honored at the start of a ten-day trip to Israel. Huckabee is in the region promoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s forthcoming address to congress.

Scarlett Johansson gets an ally– Mike Huckabee

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Rightwing former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who talks about women’s libidos, is now Scarlett Johansson’s wingman on support for SodaStream, which makes seltzer devices in the occupied territories in Palestine

Mike Huckabee wants American Jews to pack their bags

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Ben Smith interview with Mike Huckabee at Politico: Huckabee also dismisses the concern that Palestinians might demand the franchise in a state that encompassed both Israel and the occupied territories — and in which Jews could eventually be a minority. “The real answer is that there’s an aggressive interest in bringing Jews from around the […]

Mike Huckabee’s ill informed and dangerous views on Israel/Palestine may end up in the White House

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Arutz Sheva is an Israeli news service associated with the settler movement. I find former pastor, turned politician and political commentator, Mike Huckabee’s recent statements in Jerusalem quite inflammatory and incredibly uninformed. I am an evangelical pastor volunteering for 3 months in Israel/Palestine with an international Christian organization called Ecumenical Accompaniment Program for Palestine and […]

Huckabee said Palestinians should leave Israel, and he’s golden

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Are people rallying around an American icon demolished for one statement? Yes: A great piece at the Raw Story on the Helen Thomas execution, by Stephen C. Webster, showing the American double standard. And here is a generous farewell to Thomas from Amy Goodman (at 10:25-29:00). Memo to Chris Matthews, this is your story, man. […]

Ambition: Huckabee says Palestinians should be ‘content’ with Gaza

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Mike Huckabee is interviewed in Israel by the JPost: The issue is not should there be two states– sure– but should those two states be on the same piece of land. Certainly the Palestinians have Gaza, but they don’t seem to be content… The Israelis have always made accommodations for people who aren’t Jewish….[Though they […]

Huckabee defies Obama

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First we got news that Mike Huckabee planned to attend a gala at the East Jerusalem hotel that Israel seeks to build a settlement in. J Street rightly condemned Huckabee for stirring this issue up in defiance of his president: Governor Huckabee has continually made it clear that he does not support the two-state solution […]

Huckabee and Obama Out-Holocaust One Another

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Here is Mike Huckabee, writing in the Jerusalem Post all about the Holocaust. He says he has visited Israel from one end to the other and that when his daughter went to Yad Vashem and said, “How did people let…

Huckabee: Palestinians Should Go Live in Arab Countries

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Did I say nice stuff about Mike Huckabee? Please forget it. What follows is an exchange he had with Wolf Blitzer on CNN a few weeks back (I can’t make the link work, so I’m not including it) in which…

Mike Huckabee Is ‘A Face in the Crowd’

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In 1957 Elia Kazan made a movie called “A Face in the Crowd,” about the emerging power of television & celebrity, in which an Arkansas hobo and guitar picker who has tremendous likeability is discovered in a jail cell–and played…

Huckabee Supports a Palestinian State–in Saudi Arabia

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From the Jerusalem Post: “To boot, the New Hampshire lawmaker [Jason Bedrick, an Orthodox Jew] added, Huckabee is pro-Israel: He has visited the Jewish state nine times, and told the crowd at the Bedrick house party that he favored the…

We’ll be waiting a long time for Al Jazeera’s undercover investigation of Israel lobby

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In Oct. 2017, Al Jazeera said it had done an undercover investigation of the Israel lobby in the U.S. in 2016. But the documentary has never aired — and meanwhile Israel advocates Alan Dershowitz and Mort Klein have visited the monarchy and surely put pressure on the government to rein in Al Jazeera. The network should air its findings.

Making David Friedman ambassador to Israel is a boon for ISIS

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Donald Trump is giving ISIS a recruiting tool by nominating an extremist supporter of settlers as ambassador to Israel in David Friedman. Hatred of the U.S. will increase if the Arab world comes to believe that the U.S. is abandoning the Palestinians.

Trump pick for ambassador to Israel supports Israeli annexation of West Bank and calls liberal Jews ‘kapos’ (Updated)

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Donald Trump has nominated 57-year-old Long Island native David Friedman to serve as U.S ambassador to Israel. Friedman served as Trump’s Israel adviser during the election campaign and has worked as Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer. He is a vociferous pro-settlement advocate who openly advocates for the annexation of the West Bank, and serves as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, a settlement advocacy group. Friedman will join an administration that has continually promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has made clear its opposition to the two-state solution. In announcing the pick Trump called Friedman “a longtime friend and trusted adviser.”

AIPAC removes two-state solution talking point from its website

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected on the promise that Palestinians would never have their own independent state, and now even the most powerful pro-Israel organization in the U.S. appears to be changing its rhetoric on the two-state solution. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, scrubbed a reference to the two-state solution from talking points on its website.