Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says the Obama adminstration's Middle East policy is too harsh on Israel.
Huckabee made his comments while touring Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem over the weekend. President Barack Obama has pressured Israel to stop building settlements in that part of the city.
Huckabee said the U.S. should not tell the Israeli people where they can live.
"How would the government of the United States feel if (Israeli) Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan, which ones could live in Queens and so you know we only allow certain people to live in these neighborhoods," he said.
"How would that go over? It wouldn't go over very well," Huckabee said. "You know, should the United States be telling Jewish people in Israel where they can and can't live? That's the fundamental question."
The government of Israel has said Jersusalem is the capital of the Jewish state and some construction must be allowed to continue.