Stephen M. Walt

Huckabee in the Holy Land

Former (future?) GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has been on a visit to Israel this week, sponsored by a pro-settler organization. According to the Associated Press, Huckabee said “‘there is no room for a Palestinian state’ in the middle of the Jewish homeland, and Israel should be able to build settlements wherever it wants.” He ...

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Former (future?) GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has been on a visit to Israel this week, sponsored by a pro-settler organization. According to the Associated Press, Huckabee said “‘there is no room for a Palestinian state’ in the middle of the Jewish homeland, and Israel should be able to build settlements wherever it wants.” He also said “The question is should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That’s what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic.”

Given that current demographic trends suggest that Arabs will be a majority in the lands currently controlled by Israel in the not-too-distant future, Huckabee is either endorsing ethnic cleansing or calling for the permanent denial of democratic rights to the Arab residents of the Occupied Territories, which is a form of apartheid. Either way, he is no friend of Israel, and the policies he’s endorsing will do great damage to US interests throughout the region.

I thought about writing at length about Huckabee’s trip, but Glenn Greenwald, Richard Silverstein, and Spencer Ackerman already did, and I doubt I could improve on their insights. So I suggest you read them instead.

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Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University.

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