Mike Huckabee seems genuinely confused as to what “two state solution” means

It’s no secret that Mike Huckabee’s got some industrial-strength support for the State of Israel.

Not out of a genuine interest in the long-term wellbeing of the nation-state, mind you; he’s waiting for all of the Jews to go back to their homeland and bring on the End Times so that he can finally meet Jesus.

And in case the consequences of that position are somehow unclear, that would mean a dramatic shift in American foreign policy under a Huckabee presidency.

While attending Israel Day in Central Park on Sunday, Huckabee gave an interview to Arutz Sheva TV that outlined where he breaks from our last few presidents when it comes to Israeli-Palestinian relations. Here’s the video:

There’s a lot to unpack, so let’s review:

1. Mike Huckabee has been to a lot of countries in the Middle East, but feels that there is a “unique kind of spirit that exists in Israel. I know what that spirit is. I believe it’s God. There’s no other explanation for Israel.” Apparently none of the other countries in the Middle East have a godly spirit about them, even the ones that claim to be led by the same Abrahamic traditions that inform Huckabee’s deeply-held religious beliefs.

2. Huckabee is genuinely perplexed by the

…harsh anti-Israel sentiment that exists within this administration and in parts of Europe. if anything Europe should feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility [for the Holocaust] and they bear a lot of that guilt for having just allowed that to happen without intervention.

Apparently responding to anything other than applause when the leader of a foreign nation makes a secret, unconstitutional deal with the Speaker of the House to deliver a cynical, counterproductive speech that cuts directly against American security interests is the marker of a “harsh anti-Israel sentiment.” What’s more, Germany is going above and beyond right now to prosecute aging Nazis for war crimes, so it might not be appropriate to throw around Holocaust invocations…

3. Too late:

So any of us who have studied history should know that we’ve seen this movie before, and it does not end well. So before it gets there, some of us who understand that standing with Israel is, I believe, tantamount to standing with what God wants us to do, we have to take an unapologetic commitment to saying we will stand with Israel for their right to a secure and a safe homeland.

4. With Godwin’s Law now fully invoked, Huckabee is free to go further off the rails: “If the Israelis were under attack I’m not sure what this President would do.” I would guess, given our overt and covert commitments, interests and relationships, that if Israel were ever presented with a threat it could not handle on its own our President (and any potential next president — even Bernie Sanders) would bomb the living daylights out of it. President Obama’s position on Israel is exactly the same as his predecessors’: a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. Speaking of which…

5. Mike Huckabee seems genuinely confused as to what is meant by the term “two state solution,” arguing that:

…the two state solution — if we mean two governments holding the same piece of real estate — is irrational and unworkable. And I think it’s time for us to quit playing this pretentious game that there’s going to be a two state solution where both sides share the same country and real estate and streets, because they’re not…If there is a two state solution, the Palestinian state needs to be outside the boundaries of the nation of Israel.

The problem there is what by “two state solution” we don’t mean “two governments holding the same piece of real estate…[sharing] the same country and real estate and streets.” That would absolutely be irrational and unworkable, and absolutely zero people are proposing it. Yes, a two state solution implies a state outside of Israel’s boundaries in that Israel gives up some land (starting with land it’s in violation of International Law for settling) and lets the Palestinians have it, going back to the 1967 borders and…wait, hold on, that’s what Obama said so it won’t do at all.

Throughout the entire interview, Huckabee’s position is clear: Palestinians do not and should not have the same rights as Israelis, and they’re more than welcome to move out if they don’t like it. In fact, better that they do, so they can clear the way for the Jews. After all, he’s got some Rapturing to get on with.

To be clear, that places Mike Huckabee to the right of even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who only briefly ruled out the possibility of a Palestinian state in a late election appeal to Israel’s far right before (officially) endorsing a two state solution after he had secured victory. If your position on Israel is farther to the right than the leader of what The Washington Post has described as the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, it’s time to pause and reflect.

And you can start by learning the definitions of basic terms relating to the issue.

(h/t BuzzFeed)


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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28 Responses to “Mike Huckabee seems genuinely confused as to what “two state solution” means”

  1. DoverBill says:

    The simple answer is yes.

  2. DoverBill says:

    Mike’s two state solution:

    A) The state of personal denial.
    B) The state of religions decay.

    Where would we be today without godly men like Mike to translation the wishes of his supreme being (to which he, apparently, has a hot-line) to we otherwise ignorant atheists?

    I thank Zeus for this guy’s foresight and vision at least 5 times a day.

  3. Olterigo says:

    Sure, Bill. Nobody gets to decide anything but the politburo.

  4. Robert says:

    Yep, even Snopes confirms that one, it absolutely happened. The whole family is twisted. No wonder they are buds with The Duggars!

  5. Robert says:

    He’s seriously, seriously beyond nuts now. Shocking really.

  6. Robert says:

    He’s now honestly downright creepy, and a former Baptist minister????? Please!

  7. Robert says:

    Three things Mike is clear on: 1. He loves a high-carbhigh-sugar diet (he’s huge now, REALLY huge) 2. He loves & openly supports Josh Duggar (the child molester) 3. The former Baptist preacher likes talking about showering with young girls in his former hometown school. Get help Mike, you really need some.

  8. Bill_Perdue says:

  9. Bill_Perdue says:

    While every one has the right to an opinion, the views of non-Palestinians on events in Palestine are beside the point. That’s especially true of zionist thugs and Islamophobic racists.

    The root of violence in the region is colonialism by the US, other NATO countries and by the zionist colonists in Palestine.

  10. Olterigo says:

    Sure, Bill, sure. Arabs are the most peaceful people on the planet. They never committed the Farhud or any violence at all against any minorities. In Egypt, Muslims never attack the Copts and burn their churches. Nor in Lebanon, there were no bombs thrown at Christian restaurants that wanted to stay open for Ramadan. Nothing like that ever happened in the Middle East…

    I do keep up with the events. That’s why I disagree with your point of view and strongly doubt what you think will happen.

  11. Bill_Perdue says:

    The only people who’ve committed mass murder, time and time again, are the racist colonists whom you admire so much.

    I don’t oblige zionists colonists or racists. Just follow the news and try to keep up with events.

  12. Olterigo says:

    LOL, they don’t seem inclined to commit mass murder? And what do you think Hamas and every other Arab group does when it launches missiles at Israeli population centers? They’re not good at it. But it doesn’t stop them. Anyway, you said what you said. And anyone is free to see and read it.

    As for what will happen. I always resist, but this time I won’t. How do you imagine Palestinian Arabs will “win?” Oblige me.

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    You’re lying, of course. My position is explained above. Palestinians will win and they’ll determine the fate of zionist colonists. They don’t seem inclined to commit mass murder like the colonists.

  14. Olterigo says:

    Bill, I’m not lying. I’ve linked to essentially that before.

    Question: “Actually it is your answer that is absurd since you advocate their removal. Would you be okay if the Palestinians killed them all?” (them, of course, being Israeli Jews) http://disq.us/8mgav0

    Billy’s response: “Everything is up to the Palestinians, you and your zionist friends have nothing to do with it.” — Bill_Perduehttp://disq.us/8mgawo

  15. Bill_Perdue says:

    Your’e lying, of course. I hope that when Palestine is liberated and Gaza, the largest concentration camp in history is freed and the ability of the zionist colonists to murder children at will that the colonists will be treated humanely.

    The longer Palestinians are killed, have their land and labor stolen the less likely that becomes. All the violence there originates with the colonists.

  16. Olterigo says:

    The regular broadcast from the guy who believes that if Palestinian Arabs decide to slaughter the Jews down to the babies, it’s all fine.

  17. Olterigo says:

    At least 4 is wrong. Bush’s administration supported “defensible borders.” Obama’s rhetoric post-election has been “pre-1967 borders.”

    As for arguing that German attempts to prosecute elderly Nazis, decades after the end of WW2, having allowed them to lead full lives (and many or some of them probably getting out on inability to stand trial due to old age or health) to counter the reality of anti-Israel sentiments in Europe is amusing but disingenuous.

    But, overall, reality is that this is Mike Huckabee. He’s not going further than a new book or a new show on Fox News.

  18. 2karmanot says:

    Now that would be interesting: a Jeebus mean gurrrl.

  19. 2karmanot says:

    I’ve longed believed that Godwin’s Law was a cynical propaganda bludgeon in this Society of the Spectacle to dilute, if not mediate, the fact that Western Society and America in particular is well on the way to redux medieval barbarity. Dangerous cretins like Hucksterby are icing on the turd.

  20. Houndentenor says:

    He really is off the rails this year. Yes, I know he was a nutjob before but this is the latest in a string of indefensible statements. First defending Josh Duggar and then yesterday’s comment about how he’d have pretended to be trans to get into the girls’ locker room and now this. The GOP is frightening. Yes, ha ha so funny but these are mainstream candidates saying this crazy shit, candidates who have enough support to have a serious impact on the election. What the fuck? Are Republicans still blind to what their party has become?

  21. nicho says:

    This is the same guy who says he wishes he was transgendered when he was a teenager so he could have spied in girls in the shower at school.

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/06/02/mike-huckabee-i-wish-i-was-transgender-so-i-could-spy-on-girls-in-the-shower/

  22. Rational says:

    Just a heads up but refer huckleberry to the Condomium in New Caledonian ( I believe) where British and French governments existed side by side on the same islands.
    Dual legal systems, post Offices, police, customs etc.
    Alos known as the Pandomium

  23. nicho says:

    Leslie Jordan once said that the difference between the North and the South was that “in the North, people hide their crazy relatives upstairs in a bedroom, while in the South, we put them out on the front porch so everyone can enjoy them.”

  24. BillFromPA says:

    Huck’s confused about the fact that humans and T Rex were separated by 65 million years so the Middle East is way beyond his reach.

  25. Bill_Perdue says:

    There should be no confusion here at all.

    zionist colonists have no rights in Palestine. They’ve pursued a policy of mass murder since day one. In 1948 they conducted a massacre in the Palestinian town of Dier Yassin. The Deir Yassin massacre took place on April 9, 1948, when around 120 fighters from the Zionist paramilitary groups Irgun and Lehi attacked Deir Yassin near Jerusalem, a Palestinian Arab village of roughly 600 people. …The residents resisted the attack, and the village fell only after fierce house-to-house fighting”. (1) They haven’t stopped these bloody acts of ethnic cleanisng. Last year they attacked Gaza and murdered 2500 or so Palestinians, targeting Children. (2)

    The ‘two state’ solution is a liberal excuse to preserve the lands stolen by mainly European colonists from Palestinians and in any case is not feasible because of ongoing zionist aggression. If anything zionists are becoming more and more racist and murderous. Netanyahu is moving towards an open policy of mass murder and racism. Netanyahu’s agriculture minister “If there was any doubt about Ariel’s endgame, he made his feelings clear at a 2008 conference, where he said of Palestinian citizens of Israel: “We must encourage Arabs to willingly leave, both from the cities and from the state.” (3) http://www.alternet.org/world/prime-sinister-new-faces-netanyahus-new-israeli-government

    ” Polls show that Israeli youth are becoming less tolerant and more racist with each passing year. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Israeli teachers are now afraid to even bring up the topic of human rights, for fear of setting off a racist free-for-all in the classroom. And yet, the Education Ministers appointed by Netanyahu have consistently tinkered with the curriculum, hoping to create new generations of Jews even more sectarian than previous ones. This year, Israeli children began to learn about the Nazi Holocaust in kindergarten.

    As Religious Services Minister in the last Netanyahu government, Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett created a new bureaucratic body, the Jewish Identity Administration, to proselytize Orthodox Judaism to secular Israelis. Now that Bennett has been made Education Minister in the new Netanyahu government, he will not need to make use of a proxy organization in order to indoctrinate Israeli youth. Poll: Half of Israeli high schoolers oppose equal rights for Arabs… Nearly half of Israeli teens surveyed say they would refuse to evacuate West Bank settlements. (4)

    (1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deir_Yassin_massacre

    (2) http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/gaza-fallout-understand-crimes-150420130139305.html

    (3) http://www.alternet.org/world/prime-sinister-new-faces-netanyahus-new-israeli-government

    (4) http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/poll-half-of-israeli-high-schoolers-oppose-equal-rights-for-arabs-1.264564

  26. dcinsider says:

    I don’t know if you have been paying attention, but Mike Huckabee is certifiably insane. As a result, anything coming out of his mouth is part of the delusion he finds himself trapped in.

    It is best we ignore him, as we ignore the lunatic on the street corner arguing with fabrications of his own imagination.

    Let’s have a Huckabee-free blog.

  27. Sally says:

    Huckabee never met a historical fact he couldn’t ignore, or better yet, twist into some rationale including God. Hey Huck, how about you tell us about your son the animal torturer?

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