Huckabee: Palestinian State in Holy Land 'Unrealistic'

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While visiting Jerusalem Tuesday, former US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told reporters that it isn't feasible to consider creating a Palestinian state on the land that historically belongs to the Jews. Huckabee is on a three-day tour of Jerusalem and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

"The question is should the Palestinians have a place to call their own?  Yes, I have no problem with that," Huckabee said.  "Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland?  That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic."

Huckabee, who ran for president in 2008 and is considered a likely candidate again in 2012, said the international community should think about another location for a Palestinian state.

The former Arkansas governor also blasted the Obama Administration for pressing Israel to freeze all building projects in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, saying it isn't Washington's business to "be telling Jewish people in Israel where they should and should not live."

"My question is how the government of the United States would feel if Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan and which could live in Queens," Huckabee said.

Sources: AP, The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz

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