- I'm building because,you know, I may want to
one day purchase a holiday home in Efrat.
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
is a veteran visitor to Israel,
and this week he was invited to take part
in a building ceremony inEfrat, capital of Judea,
one of the largest clustersof Jewish communities
in what the world calls the West Bank.
To much of the world,
this Jewish neighborhoodunder construction in Efrat,
is just another West Bank settlement
and a target to be boycotted.
But for the thousandsof Jews who live here,
this is the heart of Judea,
very much a part of biblical Israel.
As he put down some mortar
on one of the 900 new homes in Efrat,
Huckabee made the case thatwhat's being built here
is a bridge for peace.
- Every day, 1,300 Palestinian workers
come to job sites here.
They earn money for their families,
and they don't just earn pocket change.
They earn significantly better money
than they would anywhere else.
- [John] Efrat is locatedsouth of Jerusalem
and north of the Arab city of Hebron,
where Abraham, Isaac,and Jacob are buried.
Efrat's mayor, Oded Revivi,thanked President Trump
for his support of Israel,
and invited him to comeand see for himself
how Jews and Arabs livetogether in Judea and Samaria,
despite the global boycott,
divestment and sanctions movement.
- One visit here tells you theessence of the Jewish people,
the essence of the Jewish history,
the essence of the importanceof the Jewish people
building their lives here.
- [John] Before he left Efrat,a reporter asked Huckabee
how his faith shaped hisviews on the West Bank,
the land promised to Israel in the Bible.
- I'm a Christian, so I'm not a Jew.
But I also believe that if those promises,
which were made to the Jewishpeople, are no longer valid,
then why would I believe any promise that
I would believe God wouldmake to me would be valid?
- [John] John Wagge, CBN News, Efrat.