Huckabee Questions Obama's Israel Policy

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has completed his three-day tour of Israel, where he voiced his support of the Jewish state.

A possible contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Huckabee is taking a strong stand against the Obama administration's Israel policy.

CBN News spoke with Huckabee about current state of U.S.-Israeli affairs and the threats facing the Jewish state. 

Earlier this summer, the U.S. State Department asked Israel to stop the construction work by a Jewish developer on a hotel located in east Jerusalem. For Huckabee, it is one more example that when it comes to the treatment of Israel, the current administration has gone way over the line.

"The inexplicable thing is the reversal of policy," Huckabee explained. "It's a much harder line that this administration is taking to get so involved as to say don't do it -- not -- our advice, our counsel would be, we'd prefer you not. This is pretty bold for a U.S. government to say, you can't, you shouldn't. It certainly is a different direction and I want to be very clear, not just a different direction from the Bush administration."

"This is a different direction from the Clinton administration, Democrat or Republican, there's been some consistency in the unique relationship and bond between the United States and Israel," he continued. 

"What we're seeing now is a chilling of that relationship and I don't think it's necessarily broad but on this issue, the current administration has taken a much harsher stand."   

Huckabee not only talked about the current state of U.S.-Israel affairs, but one of the greatest threats it is facing -- the possibility of a nuclear Iran. He called it a threat not just to Israel, but to the United States as well.   
 
"With Iran, let's not forget you have a virtual madman running the place who has vowed to destroy Israel," he said. "He didn't just say, 'I don't care for Israel.' He said we're going to annihilate them. That's pretty serious threat for a guy that's back in the kitchen cooking up a nuclear menu."

But Huckabee notes Israel faces other dangers than a nuclear Iran several hundred miles away.  The country faces threats on nearly every border. 
 
"I just know looking through American eyes, we would never tolerate enemies so close and then even impose on ourselves even closer proximity to those sworn enemies and somehow think that that's going to achieve peace," he said.   
 
Huckabee has visited Israel several times. He said the constant danger that Israelis face on a daily basis would surprise many Americans. 

"It's just shocking to most people, the proximity to stand in the Golan Heights and say, 'Oh by the way, that's Syria,'" he said. "They would like to kill everybody here, but there they are right there. 'Oh, you see Gaza?  They're right there.'  They keep firing missiles into this neighborhood in which we're standing.

"'And oh, by the way, that's Nablus and we can't go in there anymore,'" Huckabee continued. "They can go anywhere. Arabs can go anywhere in Israel, but Jewish people cannot go into Nablus anymore, because the chances are you're going to be shot.  That's what I think would surprise them most."

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