Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee that President Obama went back on campaign promises he made regarding Israel. Huckabee expressed his love and appreciation for Israel in an interview with Israel National News’s Yishai Fleisher Tuesday.

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The latest visit “has affirmed deep in my heart that this is a very, very special land,”  Huckabee said. “From the time that I first saw it in 1973… I continue to be amazed at places that I remember at one time as being desolate, now producing food an commerce and families… the dry bones have come alive,” he added.

“I thought it was very telling that when we got to the borders of Nablus we couldn’t go in because I was with Jewish people. Jewish people couldn’t go there. Arab people can go to the Jewish parts of Jerusalem, and the Jewish parts of Israel, but the Jewish people could not go there.”

Huckabee made the comparison between the segregation of Jews and Arabs and racial segregation in the United States in a radio interview with Yishai Fleisher as well. While references to racism are usually levelled at Israel by those who compare it to the racist Apartheid state, Huckabee sees Jews as the ones who are being discriminated against.