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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Huckabee arriving Sunday

Potential Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will arrive in Israel on Sunday for his 13th visit.
While Huckabee is coming on his own initiative to lead a group of American Christian pilgrims, he will meet on Monday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – as Romney did – and take tours both of east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

Although the presidential election is not until November 2012, and neither man has officially announced his candidacy, Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov.Romney are running neckand- neck in US polling.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll from mid-January puts Huckabee as the favored candidate among Republican and independent voters, with 21 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for him in their state primary or caucus, 19% saying former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and 17% for Romney.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from the same period among Republicans and Republican-leading independents gave Romney a 1- percentage point lead over Huckabee, 19% – 18%, with Palin in third place with 14%.

Huckabee’s tour in Jerusalem on Monday is sponsored by Ateret Cohanim/ Jewish Reclamation Project, an organization spearheading efforts to buy property for Jewish homes in east Jerusalem.

Also on Monday, Huckabee -- who was invited to the Knesset by Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev -- will address the Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee, at the request of committee chairman Danny Danon. In a rare appearance for a US presidential candidate before a Knesset committee, Huckabee will speak about diplomacy, anti- Semitism and Israel’s public relations effort.

Danon, who has hosted Huckabee on previous trips to Israel, said he would welcome other presidential candidates at his committee as well.

And on Tuesday, he will take a tour of the West Bank, led by Danny Dayan, as guest of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, which Dayan heads.
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Yes, I can see myself voting for Mike Huckabee.

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At 10:00 PM, Blogger biorabbi said...

Thanks for that last comment, Carl. Yes, Huckabee whom I know, is the fabulous ex-gov. of my home state, Arkansas. My wife is fully Jewish and I'm half on my father's side. I've lived here for fifteen years and there is not a trace of anti-semitism amongst the people here towards its 1500 Jews.

Clinton was actually not from Hope(but grew up in Hot Springs)which had two Synagogues for most of his life. Most of the Christians here are very religious and their expression of Christianity is imbued not only with a love for Israel but also her people(Jews)wherever they live.

Even amongst Arkansans, Huckabee's philo-semitism/zionism is unusually strong. He's been to Israel I believe twenty or more times? His love for the Jewish people is profoundly deep. He keeps the 'end-of-times-stuff' to himself. I personally know Mike Huckabee would never wish to shame or talk about the Christian implications of Armageddon to Jews.

Apart from Israel and the Jews, he was a wonderful gov! He started two things that won praise throughout the nation.

He made schools give a nutritional score card for students(Arkansas is ranked 1 in obesity(or was). Huckabee changed things.

Two, Huckabee started something called Arkids. This is a state program for medical care for kids up to age 19 and it includes everything, including Dental. He did something that won lavish praise by Clinton and Republicans. So he addressed health care in a meaningful, yet limited manner.

He can tell a joke, charming the likes of the arch-liberal Richard Dreyfus(who is a fan) and did the best interview of Michelle Obama I have seen, contemplating her on the obesity issue, distancing himself from Palin and her ilk.

Huck did well amongst black and democratic voters. His appeal is across the ideological spectrum.

Carl and Norman F. I address this you. Huckabee is a more likable guy than Obama. He can debate anybody. He's a winner and could beat Obama. He can hold his own amongst hostile venues which Palin avoids. I do not bash Palin for the hell of it. Yes, she's a charming woman with great beauty who's right on Israel. But I'm convinced she would lose in Goldwater proportions to Obama.

If Huckabee won, I'd try to get an interview for you Carl. But, knowing Huckabee, he probably reads your stuff anyway.

The one critique one 'could' make on Huckabee is losing its steam: some say he might be even more 'Pro-Israel' than Israel herself. He disputes the notion of a Palestinian people. But I think the revolt in Cairo will also help his case in that now people will say, "even when you do have a decent Arab leader like Sadat and we sign a peace treaty, what's it worth when the dictator is overthrown???"

Ironically, I see more of a chance for peace amongst arabs and Jews under Obama. Reason: the PA and Hamas will know who they are dealing with and there is more of a chance of some sort of "hudna" where West Bank arabs are allowed to continue to prosper and grow their economy but Hamas is confined to Gaza.

Sorry for the long post and to steal you bandwith, but my old Gov. would be a fabulous President.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

Huckabee is the premier 2012 candidate. 1-State, and the Arabs take a hike on over to Jordan/Egypt/Lebanon.

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he has as much of a shot at being president and ron paul....zip

maybe rand should run for president...on the cut all aid to israel cuz that is what americans want...platform


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