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Huckabee: Hillary Clinton Would Be a Disaster for Israel

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

“Hillary Clinton will be a disaster for Israel,” former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee told Walla on the sidelines of the 2016 Herzliya Conference Wednesday. Huckabee, an early dropout in the GOP presidential race, suggested Clinton would continue President Obama’s policy regarding Israel. “And I don’t think anyone would say that Israel-US relations have been good under his leadership over the last eight years,” he commented.

In his address to the conference, Gov. Huckabee said that “every friend of Israel is a friend of the United States and every enemy of Israel is an Enemy of the United States.” He also suggested that “America is looking into the mirror and sees Israel.”

Huckabee noted that the greatest common foe facing Israel, the US and the free world was “radical Islamic ideology that takes us back to the 7th century.” He then reiterated: “We have a common enemy and that enemy is radical Islam that wishes to destroy civilization itself and wishes to turn the clock back to centuries ago.”

Mentioning the past week’s two acts of terror, one killing four in Tel Aviv, followed by the mass shooting in Orlando, Fl. that killed 49, Huckabee said that the argument about whether the Orlando shooting was a terror attack or hate crime is “ridiculous. All terror is based on hate.” He said that he feared that sometimes people were afraid “to call out the common enemy of radical Islam in case we offend someone,” but went on to state that he was offended when “innocent people were murdered in the name of an ideology that wishes to destroy all semblance of peace.”

He referred to the “Ill-fated and tragic deal to trust the Iranians,” saying that “here can be no deal with those who believe its okay to murder people” because of their race, religion or ethnicity. “It’s impossible to enter into any agreement with the present leadership of Iran… I hope and pray that it will be rescinded.”

Focusing on the Israeli-Arab conflict and the talks about a two-state solution, Huckabee said that the idea is naïve and cannot be realized “unless both sides agree that the other side has a fundamental right to exist.” He said that until there were no longer schools in Judea, Samaria and Gaza celebrating the death of Jews, there could be no solution. He added that there was no magical formula for the issues but that the basic issue of radical Islam and one people wanting to destroy another and celebrating every time someone on the other side was killed had to be solved first. “This is not a conflict about land, or about power, but about existence,” he asserted.

“Neither Israel nor the United States is perfect but we do have a system of laws that we insist are abided by… we do not name streets after or make heroes out of terrorists.”

Huckabee also focused on the issue of Jerusalem, saying that “the notion that Jerusalem should be divided is nonsense…. Only one nation in the world every claimed it as its capital… it is never even mentioned in the Quran… At some point we have to come to grips that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not because it has been since 1948 but because it has been for 3000 years and it has to be accepted.”

Returning to his original point, Huckabee concluded, “We have to recognize that if it’s good for Israel then it’s ultimately good for the United States and if it’s good for the United States then it’s ultimately good for Israel… the similarities between the two countries are just too glaring to ignore… our alliance is too precious.”

He said that Israel’s sovereignty, safety and security had to be protected because Israel was just the first “domino” and the United States would follow. “Anyone who comes after you is after us next,” Huckabee said.

David Israel

US Senator Call to Bring 100K Syrian Refugees into the US

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is calling on the United Stated to increase the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the United States, according to the Huffington Post.

Durbin wants to see the US bringing in 100,000 Syrian refugees, in the next fiscal year.

He had previously suggested the US bring in 65,000 Syrian refugees.

Just recently, Lebanon’s Education Minister Elias Bou Saab warned UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron that he believes that two percent of the refugees entering Europe are Jihadist members of ISIS.

Cameron was visiting Lebanon to review the refugee situation over there first hand, pledging that the UK would donate an additional $92.6 million (60 million pounds) to Lebanon to assist with the Syrian refugees in their borders.

Saab said he based his number on what they found among the refugees located in Lebanon.

The UN Refugee Agency disagrees with Saab, and said such claims are both unprovable and unhelpful to the refugees, according to a report in the UK Independent.

On Monday, the British government appointed a special minister to deal with the arrival of 20,000 more Syrian refugees that the UK has agreed to accept, according to a report in Lebanon’s Daily Star. The UK has already absorbed 5000 Syrian refugees since 2011.

Back in the US, Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is unhappy with any ideas to resettle Syrian refugees in the US, due to the Jihadi risks.

Certainly, if Saab’s numbers are right, then Senator Durbin’s humanitarian proposal could unintentionally bring in thousands of ISIS terrorists onto US soil.

Huckabee proposed a very different solution to the Syrian refugee crisis, according to the Washington Post:

“I just read that Saudi Arabia has offered to build 600 mosques for all of the Muslims that will come to the U.S. or to Europe,” he said. “I’ve got a better idea: Why doesn’t Saudi Arabia host them, and we will send some assistance through our charitable organizations for some hospitals and schools? We will design the curriculum for those schools. They won’t be madrassas to teach terrorism.”

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Pro-Israel Carson Breathing Down Neck of Pro-Israel Trump

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

A new poll released on Saturday shows that two solidly pro-Israel candidates, Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, are almost tied for the Republican presidential nomination.

Trump has been leading all of the polls both in Iowa and elsewhere, but Carson has sneaked up on the real estate mogul whose mouth so far is far stronger than his policy outlook outside of immigration.

Both men are solidly pro-Israel but their real attraction to voters, fed up with the establishment, is that neither of them have a background in politics.

Jews make up only 0.2 percent of Iowa’s population, and most of them live in Des Moines, where 59 percent of the city’s voters backed President Barack Obama in 2012. It can be assumed that most of the Jews were in the Obama camp, and it is questionable if they will vote for a Republican in 2016.

But the non-Jews lap up Trump and Carson’s tough talk, even though Carson is black in a state where blacks comprise only 3.3 percent of the population and Hispanics only 5.5 percent.

The Bloomberg/Des Moines Register survey gave Trump 23 percent support, compared with 18 percent for Trump. No one else even comes close. Third and fourth-ranked are Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, each with only 8 percent.

Perhaps the most pro-Israel of them all, if that can be measured by supporting Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, is Mike Huckabee. He has only 4 percent support in the survey.

Israel obviously is not the topic on the minds of Iowans, but the plain-talk attitude of Trump and Carson, neither of whom are too concerned about being politically correct, have no room for the “peace process” and the Palestinian Authority agenda.

The president of the polling company that carried out the survey, J. Ann Selzer, told Bloomberg:

Trump and Carson, one bombastic and the other sometimes soft-spoken, could hardly be more different in their outward presentations.

Yet they’re both finding traction because they don’t seem like politicians and there’s a strong demand for that right now.

Carson is a higher-profile Christian than Trump, which may be one reason why he is gaining support in the state has a large number of Evangelicals.

However, Carson still has a long way to go to catch up with Trump on a national basis. The average of polls, as tallied by RealClearPolitics, puts Trump at the top with 23.5 percent support. Carson is in second place but with only 10.3 percent.

Carson visited Israel late last year and paid a visit to the Western Wall.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Official PA Media Calls Huckabee ‘Inane Creature’ and ‘Wicked Man’

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority did not bite the hand that feeds it. It amputated it, but the United States still finds a way to nourish anti-American hatred.

Its official daily has slandered the United States as a country that “enslaves Hispanics,” and it libeled Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee as a “wicked, despicable man,” according to a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translation and publication of the report.

Huckabee visited Israel two weeks ago and said that all of Judea and Samaria belongs to Israel.

Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian Authority daily, responded with an op-ed written by its former editor-in-chief, Hafez Al-Barghouti, who writes regularly for the daily.

Following are excerpts of the translation provided by PMW from the article published in Arabic, beginning with trashing Donald Trump as a “swindler.”

After the statements of the aged teenager, the swindler and realtor, the billionaire, the rabid [Donald] Trump, in which he called to transfer the Palestinian people from the [West] Bank to Puerto Rico, another Republican candidate, Mike Huckabee, made a pilgrimage to Israel to emphasize his support for settlement in the West Bank.

This inane creature…said that it is not possible to push the peace process as long as there is incitement in Palestinian schools. This jellylike man ignores the burning of children, as if those who burned them, the settlers, learned the foundations of good ethics and human dignity….

This wicked, despicable man [Huckabee] came to protect them and their settlements, as if to provide them with matches to practice their hobby of burning, blocking roads, chopping down trees, and harassment of the rooted Canaanite Palestinian, who carved its letters in the stones of this land before any religion.

Huckabee is also a settler, and it is possible that the US is the biggest settlement country, since it was established on the ruins of the original inhabitants, wiped out millions of them, enslaved millions of Blacks, and today enslaves millions of Hispanics in the same manner.

Barghouti concluded by suggesting that Trump and Huckabee might “carry the genes of settlement and racism and haven’t yet gotten rid of them.

Congressional Research Service wrote in July 2014:

Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed approximately $5 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign  aid.

 

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Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Jeb Bush Seeking Jewish Support

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Jeb Bush is preparing to reach out the senior Jewish leaders to endorse him for Republican party’s presidential nominee, the Jewish Insider reported.

The website it obtained an invitation that Bush’s staff sent to Jewish leaders to form a “National Jewish Leadership Team,” with individuals to attend a special briefing with Bush at his campaign headquarters in Miami Sept, 25, two days after Yom Kippur.

With at least 16 other contenders for the nomination, Bush is retrying to get a head start on bundling up Jewish support, some of which already is committed to Mike Huckabee.

The proposed Leadership Team, is scheduled to meet for a dinner at the Miami Beach home of two of is Jewish supporters on the day before, which is one day after the Yom Kippur holiday and fast.

The hosts are Glenda and Ronnie Krongold, who is leader in the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC).

Originally from West Virginia, he dealt in real estate in Florida and built a real estate company. One his partners in a project was “Jeb Bush and Associates,” according to the RJC website, which also noted that Krongold has been very active in Israeli Bonds.

The website states:

In 1985, at the request of a Jewish activist and publisher Phil Blazer, Ron called upon Jeb to intercede with his father, the Vice President, on behalf of approximately 1,000 Ethiopian Jews who were starving and dying in camps in Ethiopia. Thereafter through the efforts of the Vice President and a group of concerned Jews, the majority of the Ethiopians were rescued and flown to Israel by the United States government.

In 1990 Ron traveled to Russia, before the fall of Communism, along with then CEO of Bonds Meir Rosanne , Michael Siegal (who is now the chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Federations of North America) and six other Israel Bonds leaders to help with the extraction and settlement of Jews from Russia to Israel.

 

 

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Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

UN, EU Argue Over Demolitions of Illegal Arab Structures

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The issue of illegal construction in and around Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley is again making headlines, this time using Palestinian Arabs and Bedouin as the proxies.

The United Nations and European Union have both issued statements of concern over Israel’s demolition of illegally built structures belonging to Palestinian Arabs in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

More than a 100 people were allegedly displaced by the demolitions of the structures, none of which were built on private Palestinian Authority land.

According to the leftist NGO B’Tselem, the 17 temporary structures included 14 residential huts and 3 livestock barns. The Civil Administration said, however, it had demolished only eight – all of which were built on state land, without government approval. Nor had any of the people who built the structures even attempted to obtain construction permits.

B’Tselem claims that since August 5, the Civil Administration has demolished 57 illegal Palestinian Arab structures in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim. There were 167 people living in 31 of the structures – including 101 children – and the rest were used for sheltering livestock.

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s subcommittee on Judea and Samaria has urged the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai to increase action against illegal Palestinian construction in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

The lawmakers warned such activity is intended to block expansion of Jewish settlement.

In the summer months Bedouin clans are often camped out and pasturing their flocks in the valleys and hills around Jerusalem and surrounds. To do so involves a move of up to several hundred head of sheep and goats.

These are usually herded by the older women of the clan who are assisted by their daughters and their children. The men – most of whom work at various occupations – come to visit or stay for short periods of time and then leave to return to their employment.

In past years, and in some cases up to today, the clans used several huge black goats-hair tents in which to shelter from the burning sun. Due to the changes in weather and other environmental conditions, as well as the socioeconomic conditions in Israel, many clans have now switched to using other materials.

The problem with the current rash of construction around Ma’ale Adumim and in the Jordan Valley has to do with the nature of the structures being built. These are not necessarily the type of temporary structures intended to be removed and transported with a Bedouin family upon completion of the pasturing cycle.

They are intended to be removed and replaced with more permanent Arab housing instead.

It is this type of mushrooming presence on the landscape that has the lawmakers so worried and one the international community appears to be racing to encourage.

While the United Nations and European Union have been so meticulous in their monitoring of Israel’s “unjust” enforcement of its law against illegal construction, the two entities often call on Israel to demolish Jewish structures, even when they are built within legal municipal lines.

On Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee waded right into the middle of the controversy, stating bluntly that the “land for peace” formula has simply “not worked for Israel.” He encouraged visitors to the Jewish State to visit “all of Israel,” saying “that includes Judea and Samaria.”

Hana Levi Julian

Huckabee: ‘Land for Peace Has Not Worked for Israel’

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

“Shiloh was the capitol of Israel 3,500 years ago, to say Jews have no connection to Shiloh is bizarre,” GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee declared during a visit to Israel on Tuesday.

“As long as one of the sides [in the Israel-Palestinian Authority peace process] does not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, there cannot be a real peace,” he said.

One of the major problems in achieving that end, he added, has to do with the ongoing incitement that begins in the Palestinian Authority’s public school system. “You can’t have Palestinian kids learning to hate Jews in school,” Huckabee commented.

“I would love to see a true peace in the world, but the question is, does Israel have a right to build bedrooms for the expanding number of people who are coming here, who are making aliyah, to make sure their people have a secure land they can defend.

“I don’t know why anyone on this earth would think that they should surrender that right. Land for peace has not worked for Israel; they lose the land, and they lose the peace,” he noted, referencing the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza that led to more than a decade of thousands of deadly rocket attacks fired at southern Israelis by Gaza terrorists from the ruins of the evacuated communities.

Huckabee had made a special point of traveling through Judea and Samaria and visiting the Jewish community of Shiloh during his 48-hour visit.

“If you’re going to visit Israel, you should visit all of Israel,” he said pointedly, “and that would include Judea and Samaria,” Huckabee told reporters. “Jews have a stronger connection to Shiloh than Americans have with Manhattan,” he said.

As regards the fate of the current IranDeal before the U.S. Congress and how Israel might ultimately deal with the existential threat it represents, Huckabee said, “The U.S. and Israel have vowed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is a terrorist state, and we are empowering and enriching them through this deal, by unfreezing $150 billion in assets which they will use to buy conventional weapons…. Israel has the power to [decide whatever it needs to do to protect itself]. They don’t need my assistance or approval to pursue whatever makes them safe.”

The presidential hopeful told each journalist with whom he met on Tuesday that he would “always make sure the United States stands by its ally, Israel,” if he is elected.

Huckabee has been visiting the Jewish State long before he ever thought of running the for president. The former Arkansas government’s first visit to Israel was 41 years ago, he recalled.

Hana Levi Julian

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