I don’t want Mike Huckabee to ever become president of anything more significant than a local PTSA. Check out some of his wisdom re: Israel and Palestine:
Former U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Tuesday there should be no Palestinian state in the West Bank and endorsed Israeli settlements there….
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Speaking to a small group of foreign reporters in Jerusalem, Huckabee said the international community should consider establishing a Palestinian state some place else. “The question is, should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That’s what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic.”
The politician, a Southern Baptist preacher and a two-time former governor of Arkansas, praised Israel for giving Muslims access to Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock — also once the site of the ancient Jewish temples — even though the presence of a mosque there “could be considered an affront.”
“Israel is a place where they’re going to allow other cultures and religions, but don’t ask the Jewish people whose homeland it is to completely yield over their ability to live within the context of their country,” said Huckabee….
Just where does Governor Huckabee propose to establish a Palestinian homeland? Oh, look at that; he didn’t propose anything other than, “not in Israel.” That looks a lot like a NIMBY argument to me. But, the area is Palestine’s backyard too, which why I’m wryly amused by his reference to the “Jewish homeland.” The Palestinians were living in that little strip of paradise long before the Zionists moved into the neighborhood. The current “Jewish Homeland” is, in large part, a consequence of Western Christians seeking to relieve their guilty feelings after they comprehended the horrible scope of the Holocaust. Do I think the Israelis should be removed from area, then? No. The fact is, both Israelis and Palestinians have lived in and staked claims on the same little strip of paradise for decades now. Therefore, forcibly removing either group from the area is neither feasible nor conscionable. That’s why a two-state or bi-national or some other such solution may be the only viable option for peace in that region.
The most ironic sentence in the entire article is, “don’t ask the Jewish people whose homeland it is to completely yield over their ability to live within the context of their country….” Apparently, it was okay to force the Palestinians to do exactly that 61 years ago, but Israel is not subject to similar expectations now. Again, I don’t think Israel should be asked to move, but the Israeli state that was forced upon the Palestinians, in their homeland, was not a just decree.
Even more disturbing than Governor Huckabee’s position is the affirmation he’s receiving from right-wingnuts (selected comments from OneNewsNow):
Yeah to you Huckabee!! May God bless you greatly for your stand with Israel!! It is their land, given to them by God, and who should stand against the Almighty Creator of us all!!!
God said it, some people believe it, that settles it.
Great article and Huckabee is 100% right!! Woe to anyone who comes against Israel – just read the Bible! All of the land was given to Israel. How would we feel if someone came and tried to take a part of the U.S. from us?
The irony of the last sentence in that comment is priceless!
Thank God some politicians actually know their history and understand all of the facts in this issue. Hear o Israel ! The Lord your God is One God and the State of Israel…..One State !
Oh, my. Did someone tack on a little addendum to a Bible verse? Isn’t that a no-no?
Huckabee’s position is Biblically and historically correct. The Palestinian homeland was to be historically in Trans-Jordan (now Jordan).
Oh, I get it. We should move the Palestinians to Jordan and move the Jordanians to … where?
I also agree with Huckabee and many others who have already posted. This land along with the temple mound belongs to Israel and God will NEVER let Israel be divided and lost again. We are too close to the end times now and the Temple WILL be rebuilt on the Temple Mound according to scripture. It will be good bye mosque!
“Close to the end times….” Would those, perchance, be the same end times that Jesus predicted would occur in the first century? Oh, no, of course not – they’re the updated, accurate end times that Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins documented in their stunning literary accomplishment, the Left Behind series.
Huckabee is totally correct. If you refer to the Bible that is Israel’s land which God gave them and is to remain their land. Whoever says for them to give it up had better get down on their knees and ask God to forgive them for being wrong.
Has Christianity has gotten stricter in recent years? It used to be that one only needed forgiveness for sinning. Now, apparently, we need forgiveness for errors too. Or have mistakes always been sins? I guess the answer to that question depends on which theologian one asks. (Just keep asking until someone gives an answer one likes, then declare that answer to be the right one).
I agree that people have rights to believe whatever they want to believe, but I find it unsettling that a significant number of Americans actually want to base foreign policy on the scribblings in a dusty, old book. Sadly, there are a number of conservative Jews and Muslims who want to do the same (with their particular dusty, old books, of course). Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Perhaps not. But, I think that Governor Huckabee’s solution – which I hope is not based on his religious beliefs – is less likely to bring about that state of affairs than some of the others that are on the table.
– the chaplain