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Loads of sushi were served and bottles of wine flowed 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.

Radio host and journalist Yishai Fleisher posted an image on Facebook of Huckabee celebrating at the Psagot Winery with the following text:

Thanks to Mike Huckabee and a few hundred of his passionate supporters for stuffing me and Malkah with sushi and boutique cheeses and giving me the honor of being Master of Ceremonies at last night’s Welcome to Israel bash at the Psagot Winery!

Governor Huckabee has made several trips to Israel, visiting key locations in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. Thanks for your friendship, Governor. Good luck with the presidential elections.

In Jerusalem on Sunday Huckabee championed Netanyahu and his efforts to stymie a negotiated agreement between the U.S. and Iran via the P5+1 talks.

“To negotiate with someone who cannot negotiate with good faith is like trusting the snake. But the snake is still going to bite you when it can,” he said to reporters. The following day (hours before the bash in the settlement) Huckabee penned an op-ed entitled “Why Israel matters to America” on Medium where he equated Iran and its nuclear program to the September 11th attackers and said of Netanyahu’s speech in Washington, the prime minister “will provide a more honest assessment of the Iranian nuclear threat than those in our own government. Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world of Chamberlains.”

“I’m not a Jew. I didn’t even play one on TV. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a more full-throated defender and supporter of the Jewish state than me,” Huckabee added.

Huckabee and a subset of the GOP are vocally at odds with the State Department over how to deal with Iran. He wants increased sanctions and the threat of military action in lieu of reaching a diplomatic accord. Over the past few months he has backed a Senate sanctions bill supported by the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC, which seeks to override the on-going discussions to reach a deal with Iran at the end of March.

Speaking to Megyn Kelly on Fox before setting off to Israel in January, Huckabee supported the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran. “We need to let the world know that if Israel decides that it is in their best interest and security to take Iran directly, that we will stand behind them directly behind them to the last man,” he said.

“The way you stop the school bully is you put your fist in its face and you put its butt on the ground,” Huckabee continued.

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  1. just
    just on February 20, 2015, 10:10 am

    Thanks, Allison~ the Huckster, Don Guiliani, Boehner et al, Franklin Graham are all behaving like Israelis.

    “Huckabee supported the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran. “We need to let the world know that if Israel decides that it is in their best interest and security to take Iran directly, that we will stand behind them directly behind them to the last man,” he said.”

    No,”WE will NOT stand behind them to the last man”. He’s advocating nuclear annihilation.

    I only hope that Americans wake the heck up to their shenanigans and see who they really serve, cause it surely isn’t the American people…or justice.

    He was eating/drinking on illegally seized land with illegal “settlers”.

    (wonder if they served shellfish sushi, too)

    • Mooser
      Mooser on February 20, 2015, 12:23 pm

      ” behind them to the last man,”

      Uh, Mikey, look, I hate to point this out, but when the phrase “last man” is used that way, it’s our “last man” you are talking about, idiot. Good one. Or would you rather say it’s Iran’s “last man” we will see? That we will wipe them out?

      • Citizen
        Citizen on February 22, 2015, 8:27 am

        Huckabee channels Jethro (Beverly Hillbillies) very well.

    • mariapalestina
      mariapalestina on February 21, 2015, 2:01 pm

      Most likely they were drinking Syrian wine made in the Golan Heights.

  2. a blah chick
    a blah chick on February 20, 2015, 10:14 am

    “The way you stop the school bully is you put your fist in its face and you put its butt on the ground,”

    Now that I agree with.

  3. amigo
    amigo on February 20, 2015, 10:40 am

    “He was eating/drinking on illegally seized land with illegal “settlers”. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/huckabees-welcome-settlement#sthash.XmSiEfWt.dpuf” just

    I will ,let the British MP respond to huckabee.

    “Mr Duncan, who left the government in last summer’s reshuffle, told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One: “Having illegal settlements all the time is simply not acceptable and anyone who supports them, I consider to be an extremist.”.BBC

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29611875

    “(wonder if they served shellfish sushi, too)” just

    Yeah, served with lashings of hasbara and hate filled racist diatribe.

  4. amigo
    amigo on February 20, 2015, 10:46 am

    “(wonder if they served shellfish sushi, too)” just – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/huckabees-welcome-settlement#sthash.IZpbPrAa.dpuf” just.

    Maybe they also got three helpings like us.Could someone send a waiter and remove the two extra helpings .I have more than enough trouble swallowing one helping of this fare.

    Only joking , Annie and the management.

  5. ckg
    ckg on February 20, 2015, 11:20 am

    In the latest NBC News/Marist poll, Huckabee leads among potential 2016 GOP caucus attendees in Iowa. Huckabee 17 percent, Bush 16 percent, Walker 15 percent.

    • Krauss
      Krauss on February 20, 2015, 11:29 am

      Im surprised people actually pay attention to the Republican primary. American national politics are going the way of California. Demographic change means that the GOP is permanently locked out of the WH. In California they have tried to “moderate” and “reach out” etc but it has all failed.

      The base won’t let them stray in the primaries and the rest are not fooled by semantics.

      Of course, the congressional elections are a different story, as well as the governors out in the country. But even there, one can see steady, persistent change.

      I’m annoyed that Hillary will face a coronation rather than a primary. Warren probably isn’t running and with all due respect to Sanders, he has about the same chance to win as a snowball in hell.

    • just
      just on February 20, 2015, 11:35 am

      No surprise, really. Republicans today are not the moderate Republicans of Lincoln. They don’t do “moderate” in any way, shape or form.

      They’ve gone headfirst and headstrong into the infernal abyss.

      • ckg
        ckg on February 20, 2015, 1:08 pm

        Nationally, CNN/ORR has Huckabee 16%, Bush 14%, Walker 11%, Paul 10%, Carson 8%, Christie 7%, Rubio 5%. The big question is which one wins the Adelson ‘primary’.

      • lysias
        lysias on February 20, 2015, 2:35 pm

        Who is Carson?

      • ckg
        ckg on February 20, 2015, 2:53 pm

        Ben Carson, who has suggested that Egypt cede territory for a Palestinian state in the Sinai desert.

      • bryan
        bryan on February 21, 2015, 9:24 am

        Surely not frightening but more evidence that God moves in mysterious ways. Carson had apparently toyed with entering politics for some time, but when asked about a run for the White House, replied: ““If the Lord grabbed me by the collar and made me do it, I would.” Following divine intervention it appears he is now a candidate. At least GWB only believed God wanted him to be president; God now seems to be man-handling his chosen candidates.

  6. American
    American on February 20, 2015, 12:37 pm

    ” “The way you stop the school bully is you put your fist in its face and you put its butt on the ground,” Huckabee continued. ”

    What a piece of excretment.
    Another chickenhawk huckster who ought to be snatched and parachuted into a ISIS encampment.

    • Dallas Cat
      Dallas Cat on February 21, 2015, 3:37 pm

      Love how these chickenhawk so-called Christians talk about fighting bullies, as if they’d know from experience how to fight.

  7. Philip Munger
    Philip Munger on February 20, 2015, 12:50 pm

    “I’m not a Jew. I didn’t even play one on TV. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a more full-throated defender and supporter of the Jewish state than me.”

    So, there was a donkey tethered for him behind the winery’s tent?

    • just
      just on February 20, 2015, 12:55 pm

      rotflmao!

      (wiping tears from my eyes)

      winery-> whinery

    • Sycamores
      Sycamores on February 20, 2015, 3:58 pm

      Brilliant!

    • ziusudra
      ziusudra on February 21, 2015, 8:53 am

      Greetings P.M.,
      …. full-throated defender…….

      where moon faced Sheldon quips Oy, another evangelical zio shmuck vomitting his praises for my shekels.
      We can get them to anything for us.
      ziusudra
      PS The Huck. is not even on Shedon’s list of any evangelical zio with a chance of beating hillary the hag.

    • Dallas Cat
      Dallas Cat on February 21, 2015, 3:38 pm

      Wonder if he was full-throated for the donkey.

  8. eljay
    eljay on February 20, 2015, 1:57 pm

    “I’m not a Jew. I didn’t even play one on TV. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a more full-throated defender and supporter of the Jewish state than me,” Huckabee added.

    “And the reason I say this,” he continued, “is because I believe that Jewish people have a right to commit acts of immorality and injustice against others that no-one else should ever be permitted to commit against them or, hell, even against me!

    “Terrorism, ethnic cleansing, theft, occupation, colonization, oppression, torture, murder and supremacism: All of them nasty, all of them utterly unacceptable…unless Jews are doing it. Praise Jesus and pass the matzo! Israel forever, baby!”

    Huckabee is a hateful and immoral person.

  9. Karl Dubhe
    Karl Dubhe on February 20, 2015, 4:51 pm

    “The way you stop the school bully is you put your fist in its face and you put its butt on the ground,” Huckabee

    Who’s the bully here? The one who has started all of the wars, or the ones who are getting stomped on?

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the Huckster is calling for some nation to put the USA on the ground. Surely I’m wrong, how I’m wrong, I don’t know, but surely I must be.

  10. just
    just on February 21, 2015, 6:38 am

    via Max B’s twitter:

    “Nothing can hide how ugly it is. @ShafeekTg: Everything looks good with snow but this apartheid wall!”

    https://twitter.com/AsemKhalil/status/569031882043584512

    Picture @ link.

    Wonder if the Huckster saw it. Wonder if he prayed at and to it.

    • just
      just on February 21, 2015, 7:20 am

      “JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Despite the severe winter storm over the last two days and continuing Israeli military pressure, Palestinian popular resistance activists stayed put at the Gateway to Jerusalem protest camp overnight Friday.

      “Our permanent presence here is a message of defiance and firmness in the face of the Israeli plans, including the 2020 and the E1 plans whose goal is to separate Jerusalem and confiscate lands which constitute about one third of the West Bank,” Hani Halabiya, spokesman for the local popular resistance committees in East Jerusalem told Ma’an.

      Braving frigid rains, thunderstorms, and temperatures below zero, the activists slept in the camp just outside Abu Dis in the central West Bank overnight Friday.

      The camp has already been demolished by Israeli military forces eight times since it was first set up three weeks ago. Every time Israeli soldiers have bulldozed the camp, however, activists have almost immediately rebuilt.

      Despite the weather, Halabiya told Ma’an that several Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the West Bank had newly joined the encampment, and many had come to express their solidarity.

      Among those who came was deputy chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization committee against Israel’s separation wall and settlements Jamil Barghouthi, whose predecessor Ziad Abu Ein died after being beaten by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in December.”

      http://www.maannews.com/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=759535

      Huckster didn’t meet them, did he? Did he meet ANY Palestinians?

      Nah.

  11. Dallas Cat
    Dallas Cat on February 21, 2015, 10:43 am

    For a Baptist teetotaler and self-righteous clown like Mike Huckabee to be in a place where wine was flowing is nothing short of ironic. And boasting about fighting a snake and a bully is the polar opposite of Christ’s command to turn the other cheek. Then again, he is a sanctimonious hypocrite and political opportunist, so I’m sure any run-of-the-mill Christian values are easily put to the side when one plays to the galleries among friends.

  12. Jackdaw
    Jackdaw on February 21, 2015, 11:38 am

    Nice cans.

  13. kma
    kma on February 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

    “…directly behind them to the last man”
    I doubt his buddy Chuckabee Norris will be the first man punching Iranians onto their butt.
    What this statement really means is that Congress will be f-ing US citizens to the end, from behind, as usual.

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