Huckabee and Voight in Israel
January 31st, 2011
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Huckabee and Voight in Israel

Washington (CNN) - Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee scored a sit down Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Huckabee, whose visit to the country comes only days after potential-rival Mitt Romney made a similar foray to the powerful United States ally, tweeted a photo of himself meeting with the prime minister earlier Monday. Also along for the ride is actor and conservative activist Jon Voight.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Huckabee addressed the controversial issue surrounding the disputed West Bank, saying, "It is inconceivable in many ways that we would have to even argue and debate whether or not Israelis could live in Israel, not just in parts of Israel but anywhere in Israel they wished to live."

"I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English. I would be outraged if someone told me that in my country, I would be prohibited and forbidden to live in a part of that country, for any reason," said Huckabee.

The Obama administration had attempted to convince Israel to slow down development in the West Bank as a precondition to the peace process negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. However the White House backed off that demand in December.

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  1. gt

    the huckster needs to keep his band and tv show....he is no player...

    January 31, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Soooo-eeeee Huckabee! I wonder what the Huckleberry would say if Americans were told they could not have certain freedoms, live in certain places, or speak any language in their own home if they were non white?

    January 31, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. carrotroot

    I thought Huckabee was good friends with Chuck Norris? Did they have a falling out? Now he's bringing a Hollywood villain with him.

    January 31, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    A fool on a fool's errand.
    "I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places " said Huck. Guess what Huckie, look around you. You're NOT in America. This arrogant attitude symbolizes the Bush years of foreign policy; indeed, the failed foreign policies of "other" previous administrations. We have to STOP thinking and acting as if the world were an extension of our cultures, and mores, and start viewing these countries within THEIR own socio-political context.

    Blind arrogance one step away from insulting stupidity IMO Huckie.

    January 31, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Sniffit

    More Goppers doing Bushie's bidding in helping his third war get started in Egypt

    January 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. sammieb51

    And by what authority does Huckabee visit a foreign leader and speak for this country?

    January 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. dwech

    "I cannot imagine as an American being told that I could not live in certain places in America because I was Christian, or because I was white, or because I spoke English." Well gee, Mike, that probably wouldn't actually happen, would it? But if you were Muslim or Hindu, black or Arab, and spoke Bantu or Farsi.... then that could happen.

    More evidence that Huckabee is out of touch with reality, and at least in this case, history.

    January 31, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Mesa

    It is nice for Netanyahu to see a friendly face. Obama and budies bashing of Irael is tiresome and wrong. Israel has extendied the olive branch so many times only to be bitten. As long as there are conservitve Jews and Christians in America, Israel will always have support because it is foundational to our beliefs. Consistent ugliness from liberals only clarifies what is right.

    January 31, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |

    Obama will be a 2 term President. Voight is extremely partisan with irate views of this president........His right and opinions to view......But not in the mainstream of most Americans.

    January 31, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Joan

    This is very disturbing. At a crucial time in the stability of the Arab states, it is not a good time for an ouspoken, unelected, possible primary Republican candidate and a very radical movie star to be meeting next door with the Israeli leader. This is not the time to play politics. I hope they don't make matters worse.

    January 31, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. diridi

    why in Israel? At whose cost these idiots went? Don't you know Israel has been playing drama and just taking undue advantage?? Brainless idiots do not realize......stay away from those idiots....who are playing not be idiots....stay out of those guys lives, and so out of Muslim idiots lives...o.k. Nation needs to focus our problems than those idiots...and world....India is manipulating with currency. corrupting with US immigration, ..o.k watch out these India thugs...too.....

    January 31, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. PalmReader

    Benjamin Netanyahu certainly has been a busy beaver these past few weeks what with entertaining our American presidential hopefuls and all. First Romney, now Huckabee ... ought to be a real revolving door this next year or so. Problem with Netanyahu, though, is that whenver he is in office, Middle East violence escalates - a concern I doubt either Romney or Huck addressed during their photo op.

    January 31, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Republicans = Fascists

    What's the puprose of Voight being there? He has no political power. This is nothing but a photo op.

    January 31, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. mike d

    Problem is, Israelis aren't building on parts of Israel. They are building on land that is occupied by Palestinians, and has been for centuries. This is land that was never intended to be Israel's when the country was first being founded. Obama is right to be more wary about Israel than previous administrations, and we cannot continue to automatically see Israel as more honourable or trustworthy than Palestine. Israel in recent years has not lived up to the faith shown in it by the US.

    January 31, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Remember, Mike, Jon....the clue is on the back of the Declaration.

    January 31, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. John

    If Mr. Huckabee wants to make the West Bank part of Israel, he should also make the people who live there Israeli citizens. But that's not likely to happen, since the Israelis can hardly given them a say in how Israel would be run.

    January 31, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. huxley

    It's highly unethics for political candidates to be making foreign diplomatic visits ahead of an election. I expect better from Huckabee.

    January 31, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Enough is Enough

    The candidate that demads Israel stop building illegal settlements on stolen land gets my vote.

    January 31, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Adalbert

    Kissing Israeli hands insures the money flow.

    January 31, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Clwyd

    Please stay there H and V. We have enough nut conservatives running around America giving Big Business, Big Oil and Big Wall Street their way! You guys tried to ruin our economy once and God help us I don't know why voters gave you a second chance to ruin us once and for all?

    January 31, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. w l jones

    At ten below zero in full uniform in knoxville ,Tenn returning from Korea I were told I could not sit or stand and eat a donut and drink a coffee. This happen in good old america.

    January 31, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. GI Joe

    The Huckster looks a lot like Nixon in that photo(op). ha ha

    Guess CROOK just shows up in pictures all over the world.

    January 31, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. shoegazer

    Headline should read,"Netanyahu has meeting with Abott and Costello".Would make about as much sense as dealing with these two yobo's.

    January 31, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. bill486

    Huckabee and Voight:

    Thanks for giving Netanyahu a good look at why America is seriously screwed up.

    January 31, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice (but not going to happen) if the Arabs, and the Palestinians to a greater degree, would understand the history and need for the Jews to have a place of their own. There also needs to be a smaller level of hate speech in the entirity of the Arab and Islamic World. There are far too many circumstances that show the mentality that they are the best and refused to allow for any other group to be better than they are.

    January 31, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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