Former Arkansas governor and likely 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in Israel this week, where he attended the ceremony for the opening of a new Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. At the ceremony, he called it “inconceivable in many ways that we would have to even argue and debate” about whether settlements are wise or legal. But today, Huckabee took his radical stance much further, repeating his call for Palestinians to move out of Israel, and telling Israel Today Magazine that anyone who opposes the consturction of Israeli settlements is guilty of racism and aparthied:
“I think there probably should be [a Palestinian state], but it doesn’t necessarily have to be on the tiny postage-stamp-size piece of land that is Israel,” he said. “I’m not against a Palestinian state. I am against, and not really against, but I’m just being realistic – I don’t see how it works to put two people and two governments right on top of each other.”
Huckabee went on to blast the Arab position – which has been adopted by the rest of the world – that the Jews must stop building in Judea and Samaria, lands claimed by the Palestinians, in order for peace to be achieved.
“To tell Jewish people, ‘You cannot live here, you cannot raise your children here,’ this is the true racism, this is apartheid,” said Huckabee. “I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English.”
Jewish settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank are a key roadblock to the Middle East peace process, which is why, for decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations, it has been official U.S. policy to oppose settlement construction. President Reagan called settlements “ill-advised” and “unnecessarily provocative,” while President Bush said settlement activity “must stop.” The U.N. and the European Union also both oppose settlements. Does Huckabee really believe the American government, including Bush and Reagan, are racists and guilty of Apartheid?