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Mike Huckabee Leaves Fox News and Keeps White House in Sight

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Fox News’ Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and a darling of the Israeli right-wing and Christian evangelists, announced he is leaving the network and keeping options open for a run as the GOP presidential nominee.

“As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another Presidential run,” he said.

“This is the last edition of ‘Huckabee’ on the Fox News Channel. It’s been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn’t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life.

“There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. If I were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can’t make such a declaration. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them nor is it possible for me to openly determine political and financial support to justify a race. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox.”

Several pro-Israel Christians are running or thinking of running for the Republican party nomination. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was in Israel last week to show his face in headlines back home.

Retired neuro-surgeon Ben Carson made his first trip to Israel three weeks ago.

And don’t count out Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Alaska’s Sarah Palin, both of whom are very attractive women with attractive pro-Israel views though not everyone’s cup of tea.

But the biggie is Sen. Ted Cruz, and Huckabee could make trouble for him, and probably for the Republican party, if he runs.

 

Feiglin to Huckabee – Stop US Financial Aid to Israel

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) spoke at a meeting with Governor Mike Huckabee last week during Huckabee’s visit to Israel. Feiglin called for an end to all US financial aid to Israel.

Israel annually receives $3 billion in military financial aid from the US, most of which must be spent only in US towards the purchasing of military equipment exclusively from US defense contractors, thus subsidizing the US’s military industry.

The US also provides loan guarantees to Israel, which allows Israel to borrow money at more favorable rates. No money is transferred by the US government with the loan guarantees, as the US only acts as a cosigner for the loans. Israel has never reneged on its loan payments.

In the past, Israel used to receive general economic aid from the US, but PM Benjamin Netanyahu began reducing that aid to Israel in 1997, ending it completely in 2007.

The only US aid money Israel receives anymore is the military aid funding.

Many believe that this US military funding, even though the money goes to subsidizing and supporting the US’s military industry, creates an asymmetrical relationship between the two countries.

There are those in Israel who also believe it allows the US to shackle the sales and development opportunities of Israel’s military industries, as well as affecting Israel’s political decisions through threats of aid reduction.

At the meeting, Feiglin starts off discussing the origins of the delegitimization of Israel, Oslo, justice and faith.

But the relevant segment is when he calls for an end to all US financial aid to Israel, calling for a rebuilding of the Israel-US relationship based on the common values both countries share – faith in the God of Israel, and spreading the message of Freedom to the world.

That segment begins at 4:01 (in English).

“Once Israel and America start talking to each other on the true, deep values that built the two countries, which is faith, faith in the God of Israel, Once we do that, then the relationship will build from strength to strength.

If we’re only looking to build this relationship on different values, it’s not going to work. It’s not going to work for the benefit of Israel. And I’ll say the following even though it will sound strange to some of us, it’s not going to work for the benefit of the United States of America.

America needs Israel, not any less than Israel needs America, and by the way, the financial support from America must be stopped. Israel doesn’t need it. Israel doesn’t need the financial support. Israel doesn’t need the military support.

Israel needs America, and America needs Israel, to spread around the world the message of “Freedom”. Because we share the same values. This is the basis the relationship should be based on.”

Just for comparison’s sake, in 2012, US distributed the following in foreign aid:

US foreign military aid
Afghanistan: $9.5 billion dollars
Iraq: $1.1 billions dollars
Egypt $1.3 billion dollars
Jordan: $300 million dollars

US foreign economic (non-military) aid:
Afghanistan: $3.3 billion dollars
Pakistan: $1.1 billion dollars
Jordan: $800 million dollars
Iraq: $783 million dollars
PA: $457 million dollars

Mike Huckabee: How Can a Democrat Support Obama as ‘Pro-Israel?’

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Fox News talk show host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is already looking ahead to 2016 when he thinks American Jews who care about Israel will support him if he makes another stab at becoming the Republican party presidential candidate.

“I’m looking at it very seriously” he told JNS.org when asked about 2016, adding that he is having exploratory meetings to determine “whether people who I trust, and people whose views I have confidence in, believe that there is a pathway forward for me through the primary.”

Presidential candidates always have their eyes beamed on the “Jewish vote,” which includes “Jewish money.” One lesson from the 2012 election was that money cannot buy an election. Just ask Sheldon Adelson who GOP fundraisers said was $150 million poorer, in a virtual way, after President Barack Obama handily won re-election.

Most of the dough went to super PACs. Adelson also spent a few million dollars to prop up Newt Gingrich’s efforts to go head-to-head against Obama, but the money could have been better spent on supporting a yeshiva or some soup kitchens in Israel.

But Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, must view the American Jewish vote as something spiritual with roots in the Holy Land and an ear in the Heavens.

“Israel could have no greater supporter than Mike Huckabee, and as far as any concerns we have about the safety and security of the state of Israel, we couldn’t ask for better than Mike Huckabee,” Fred Zeidman, a Houston businessman and major donor to Republican presidential campaigns, told JNS.

President Obama won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008 and “only” 69” percent in 2012. Republican pounced on the drop as indicative of a trend of Jews fed up with the President’s attitude towards Israel in general and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in particular.

“I would certainly hope” that the downtrend in Jewish support for Obama will continue in the next election, no matter who the Democrats nominate, Huckabee said.

He understands that Jews traditionally vote Democrat because of a liberal socio-economic orientation.

But if Israel is a factor, why would anyone committed to the safety and security of the future of Israel “be supportive of the policies of Barack Obama, which you can call the most frighteningly non-supportive [U.S.] policies on the state of Israel since its inception,” he asked.

“I can’t imagine that somebody could look at those policies and say, ‘Boy, [Obama has] really got the Israelis’ back’—because he doesn’t,” Huckabee added. “If that’s a priority, and that becomes a defining factor in how people vote, then it’s inconceivable to me that they could give their support to someone who supports the current administration’s policies toward Israel.”

The key to Huckabee’s mistake is that for most American Jews, Israel is not a factor.

Huckabee does not understand that the majority of American Jews supports their own concept of Israel, not Huckabee’s, and not mine and probably not yours.

This theme has been hammered over and over again in books on Americans and Zionism, but it bears repeating: The existence of Israel makes most American Jews feel good to be Americans, especially when Israel is considered something like a 51st state with kosher food and lots of synagogues open for Yom Kippur. Most American Jews have a good conscience so long as Israel exists, and they don’t care where the borders are so long as no one, God forbid, criticizes Israel.

“Oy, the United Nations says Israel is illegally letting Jews live in Judea and Samaria? The put them back in Tel Aviv where they belong

“Oy, The New York Times condemns Israel for maintain the Western Wall as an orthodox religious site? How Un-American! Let the Women of the Wall make the rules.”

And don’t forget to wave the Israeli flag on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, during the seventh inning stretch.

Huckabee forgets one important point. Sorry man, but most American Jews are not orthodox. Most American newlyweds do not even marry other Jews, unless the term “Jew” is widened to include anyone who decides for himself, ”Yeah, I think I will be Jewish.”

Regarding those who consider Israel a factor, Huckabee certainly has the backing of American Jews, most of them Orthodox, who know that the “peace process” is a bunch of baloney, but dangerously poisonous, and that Judea and Samaria is just as much a part of Israel as is Tel Aviv.

He forgets that most of the remaining real Jews – those who are Jewish according to Jewish law –  are “armchair Zionists.” They buy Israel Bonds on Yom Kippur, pushing down a tab with enough zeros after the “1” so that their name can be announced from the pulpit.

Israel Has ‘License’ to Act without US on Iran, Says Mike Huckabee

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Now that the U.S. and other P5+1 powers made an interim nuclear deal with Iran without involving Israel, the Jewish state is free to act as it sees fit on the Iranian issue without consulting America, former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told JNS.org.

“I think now [the Israelis] have really a license to act without having to be scolded for not having consulted the U.S. for their plans,” Huckabee said. The United States “has indicated that they are going to act independently of Israel as it relates to Iran,” Huckabee continued, calling that a “very foolish policy.”

“I think now [the Israelis] have really a license to act without having to be scolded for not having consulted the U.S. for their plans,” he said.

When asked about the possibility of making another presidential run in 2016, Huckabee, the runner-up to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 Republican primary, said, “I’m looking at it very seriously.” Huckabee—an ordained Southern Baptist minister who currently hosts the talk show “Huckabee” on Fox News—said he is having exploratory meetings to determine “whether people who I trust, and people whose views I have confidence in, believe that there is a pathway forward for me through the primary.”

Huckabee Fears Gun Control a Step towards Nazi-Style Government

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee backed up a caller to Fox News who suggested that gun control is a step towards a Nazi-style government.

The caller stated, “So many people who have not read and do not understand how quickly Germany was turned into, it was a democracy, then turned into a dictatorship by everyone having to register their guns and then they went door to door and collected them,” according to Media Matters.

Huckabee quickly defended the caller.

“When you bring that up you get people who get crazy on us, and they’ll start saying, ‘Oh there you go comparing to the Nazis.’” Huckabee replied. “And I understand the reaction, but it’s the truth.

“You cannot take people’s rights away if they’re resisting and if they have the means to resist, but once they’re disarmed and the people who are trying to take over have all the power, not just political, not just financial, but they have the physical power to domesticate us and to subjugate us to our will there’s not a whole lot we can do about it other than just plan to die in the course of resistance….

“In every society and culture where dictators take over, one of the things they have to do is get control of the military and the police and ultimately all of the citizens and make sure the citizens are disarmed and can’t fight in the streets. Gosh I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Media Maters quoted an article in Salon that Hitler actually loosened gun laws for his political allies while banning firearms only from those hew wanted to suppress.

Huckabee Compares Abortion with Holocaust

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Evangelist and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, speaking at a “Celebrate Life” forum at a Iowa church Saturday, described abortion in the United States as an “incredible holocaust of our own” by having killed approximately  55 million embryos.

He said he was shocked at last year’s Democratic National Convention, where “speaker after speaker” said that most important issue was not the economy, terrorism, peace from enemies, the education system, lack of energy resources that make America slaves to some Middle Eastern tyrant who takes our money by the wads and then turns around and spends it to use against us to murder us and kill us in the name of a perverted faith.”

“No, that wasn’t the most important issue,” Huckabee continued.

“The most important issue was, ‘I want to be able to take the life of my baby and I want someone else to pay for it.’”

During a 30-minute speech, Huckabee he returned from Israel last week, where he said he often takes people to the grave of Oskar Schindler, the Nazi German businessman who saved about 1,200 Jews by employing them in his factories.

“Huckabee compared the Holocaust to abortion — the killing of humans who represent an inconvenience.” the Des Moines Register reported.

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