Mike Huckabee: “The Iran deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the oven”

If Mike Huckabee ever wonders why Jews don’t vote Republican, this is why Jews don’t vote Republican.

In an interview published by Brietbart on Saturday, Huckabee attacked President Obama’s recently agreed-upon nuclear deal with Iran by saying that (emphasis added), “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee then proudly reproduced the line on Twitter:

As a Jew, this is beyond infuriating. Of course, Huckabee doesn’t care about me; he’s trying to rally Evangelical support in an attempt to break through Trump-mania. But still, even for Huckabee — who has a history of saying glaringly offensive and destabilizing things about the Middle East — this is really something.

For starters, the Iran deal is actually pretty good, which makes criticism of it in such stark terms absurd on its face. Those of us who actually want peace in the Middle East have reached a relative consensus around the idea that the deal is about as good as could be reached under the negotiating circumstances.

In other words, there’s a reason why American Jews are more likely than non-Jews to both have an opinion about and support the deal.

But Israel’s government, which is arguably the most conservative government the country has ever had, didn’t want a negotiation. They wanted a war, and Republicans — particularly Evangelical nudniks like Huckabee — are happy to oblige. Here’s why:

Conservative Christian ideology in the Middle East comes straight out of the Book of Revelation, which, depending on how you read it, stipulates that the End Times will begin when 12,000 members of each of the tribes of Israel re-convene in Zion. This will set events into motion that will result in both Armageddon and the Rapture, in which those who truly believe in Christ will be teleported by Jesus straight to Heaven. The rest of us will have to fight it out on the smoldering hellscape that remains.

Sounds great.

So when Mike Huckabee says what would otherwise be patently absurd things about the Middle East — that Palestinians literally don’t exist; that a two-state solution means two governments running the same set of land; that the Iran Deal is the precursor to a second Holocaust — he isn’t doing it out of concern for the Jewish people. He’s just in a rush to get to Heaven, and we’re his ticket to the Jesus-mobile that will take him there and leave the rest of us behind.

Even by Biblical standards, this fairy tale is especially insane, so most of the time it’s easy enough to laugh off. Even though the whole concept is fundamentally anti-Semitic — the story ends with the Christians ascending to Heaven and the Jews (as always) to blame for having brought on the apocalypse — we don’t go about our days as if people actually believe this kind of nonsense.

But an alarmingly high percentage of Americans do. And when Christian Zionists like Huckabee proudly appropriates the darkest corners of Jewish history in an attempt to dog whistle to Americans’ religious agitations, the fairy tale gets political legs. That’s when the joke stops being funny. Invoking the Holocaust in hopes of starting the holy war to end all holy wars doesn’t make you a concerned ally; it makes you a schmuck.

Of course, in Huckabee and other Evangelicals’ framework, the opinions of American Jews don’t matter. Or they would, but too many of us self-described Jews are in fact fakers who skew the poll numbers. We don’t dogmatically support the Israeli government and we don’t want to reconvene in Zion to bring about the Rapture, so we aren’t real Jews.

Mike Huckabee knows nothing about our religion, and he knows nothing about our culture.

And he’s a goyische putz.


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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13 Responses to “Mike Huckabee: “The Iran deal is marching the Israelis to the door of the oven””

  1. Brian Jr. says:

    Who cares about the israelis, it’s time for them to fight their own wars

  2. Butch1 says:

    This man is disgusting and the president is correct in saying that he is only trying to draw attention away from Trump and to himself and also to differentiate himself from the other religious crazy man, Cruz.
    Since Cruz is a “wannabe” preacher Huckabee has to stress that he is the “real-deal,” one who has actually gone to school and not one who gets up and pretends to be one imitating the body movements and arm-jesters that one sees from these “tent-preachers” that come and go. Cruz gives the impression of a preacher when he speaks even using some of their body language no doubt learned from his minister father. I find him and it repulsive to watch. He has this rodent quality when he brings his hands together as if they should be holding a bit of cheese in them.

    Huckabee has always had a problem with one of the “seven deadly sins.” Gluttony has never been his friend when it comes to showing on himself. It appears as though he has fallen off the “fasting wagon” once again and is picking up the weight he has lost. He was doing so well for awhile. I think he should not be casting stones at others until he fixes all the glass panes in his own home, though, running for the president of this country or not. This last attack upon the President’s judgment regarding the Iran nuclear deal was below the belt. To paraphrase his bible: You cannot serve two masters. He needs to decide which country he belongs to and swears an oath to in his Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag; is it the United States of America or is it Israel? The way he’s been speaking lately has been confusing.

  3. Doug105 says:

    They need to hear no for a while.

  4. jodi.donne says:

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  5. BeccaM says:

    Israel’s current far right conservative government didn’t just want war. They wanted a very specific and particular war. A war in which they played no part whatsoever and which was fought and paid for by the United States. For every dollar spent and drop of blood spilled to be American or Iranian, not Israeli.

    But what gets me about the GOPers, including rabid warmongers like Huckabee, is they can’t or won’t articulate what their ‘better’ deal would have entailed. Which makes sense in a way because anybody with a working memory also remembers the Republicans also opposed negotiating at all. For them, it’s always stick, 100% of the time and never any carrot at all. Not a one of them realizes or wants to let go of their bloodlust long enough to realize peace and stability never result from eternal crippling sanctions and warmongering provocation, but from making the other country not want to attack you anymore. And what’s the best way to make an enemy no longer an enemy? Make them your friend.

    At that point, you have access to persuasion, whereas before there was only coercion. Peace and security don’t come from attempting futilely to prevent your enemies from acquiring certain weapons, it comes from making it so they have no desire to harm you.

    On the other hand, coercion seems to be the only thing Republicans and their leaders (and the conservative Israelis led by Netanyahu) understand these days. They don’t even want to be liked or for America to be liked — only to be feared.

  6. Don Chandler says:

    You look at the people running for president in the republican party and you just shake your head. They are so BORING that a guy like Trump starts to look good because he’s got … EXTRAVAGANCE. So then the wannabes all start trumpeting their views. Sick views. Dumb views. Attention gathering extremist views: At least they are getting their message out there for everyone to hear and process:

    Huckabee wants war with Iran…thanks huckster, next?

    Jeb’s going to “phase out” medicare…yeah, right jeb.

    Walker’s going to introduce a constitutional amendment making marriage between man and woman…”get out much scotty?”

    Perry doesn’t want openly gay people in the scouts … but but but ” to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character [scout stuff]” –that is what OPENLY gay people are doing, Perry–not hiding. Openly gay people are being forthright. But Perry, you want people to lead the scouts that are NOT OPENLY GAY? Okay, Perry is not being very clean[or clear headed] in his speech to demonstrate the strong character required to be president.

    Rubio is worried about Obama’s and Trump’s lack of classiness….k, rubio, you’re another narcissist.

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    At the end of the list, Lindsay Graham seems like the best choice…and he don’t use email. Why doesn’t Lindsay use email? We all know the NSA is spying on us, Lindsay. But we’re all using email, Lindsay. Maybe you should reconsider Prism, Lindsay. Then you too can use email.

    “So far, they are a pretty sorry group if you want to know my opinion” —barbara bush speaking about the twin party.

  7. Huckabee has a problem that plagues too many politicians, especially Republicans. Their lips move incessantly while their brains are on vacation. Their thoughtlessness appeals to the lowest common denominator among their supporters, who say that these blowhards “tell it like it is” and are “talking like regular people.”

    A politician like Huckabee should never be president of the United States. His temperament would interfere with his need to think and act reasonably when dealing with world leaders. Knee jerk diplomacy has no place in the White House.

  8. 2karmanot says:

    “goyische putz” Exactly so Jon. Ya nailed it! (oppps, that might offend some Christer cultists.)

  9. Buford2k11 says:

    These folks haven’t read the fine print at the bottom of the last page of Revelations…I says, “Let no Man change one word of God’s, and none of this will happen if there is but ONE pious person left on Earth”…So, the End Timers are going to be so disappointed when it doesn’t happen…the real problem is going to be…..listening to their continued whining and lying…

  10. nicho says:

    Well, in his defense, he does believe in talking snakes, people walking on water, people coming back from the dead, and angels deciding the outcome of a Friday night high-school football game. So, at least his world view is consistent — if bent as all get out.

  11. The_Fixer says:

    Guys like Huckabee really have a bent view of reality, don’t they?

    In their world, everybody’s a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian who just needs to hear “The Word” from people like Huckabee, they’ll all vote and put him in office.

    They have no consideration of how offensive their words are and how few people actually believe the crap he spews. It’s really amazing how they really don’t get outside of their bubble hardly at all.

    The Huckster will soon be back to hawking diabetes “cures” and occasionally spouting off as he will go nowhere far in the Presidential moneystakes we call an electoral process. In the meantime, we have to endure his ridiculousness for a little while longer.

  12. Charles Carey says:

    It’s interesting because the evangelicals don’t believe that Jews are going to heaven anyhow. UFB

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