Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee spoke at the Gush Katif Museum Dinner which was held on Saturday night at the Razag Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York.
Huckabee, who brings groups to Israel on a regular basis, said during his remarks that “it is impossible to be Christian and not have a complete relationship with Judaism, because it is the foundation upon which every Christian believes and understands that Israel is G-d’s chosen land.”
“The nations that bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed,” said Huckabee. “It is time we recognize that you don’t negotiate with people who do not believe you have the right to even exist, much less live next to you.”
Addressing recent reports that President Barack Obama, during his upcoming visit to Israel, intends to ask Israelis “to make sacrifices for peace,” the former governor said, “If that is the case, I would love to escort him personally to the Gush Katif Museum and say, ‘Mr. President, the Israelis have made many sacrifices for peace. Can you show me one sacrifice that the Palestinians have made for peace?’”
Huckabee said that instead of asking the Israelis to stop building bedrooms for their children in Judea and Samaria, the President should “demand that the Iranians stop building bombs” that threaten Israel.
Following the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005, as part of the Sharon’s government disengagement plan, the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem undertook the task of memorializing the history of the region.
Huckabee considered running for the Republican party’s presidential ticket in the 2012 election, but ultimately decided not to run.
He has said in the past that if he were president of the United States he would move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.