Arutz Sheva correspondent Dr. Joseph Frager recently spoke with former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on a range of issues, starting with one of the most pressing threats to Israel and America - the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran.
"In relation to Iran I think it's very important that we understand that we cannot trust their government. The government is totally against Israel and against the United States," remarked Huckabee.
Huckabee argued that while Iran's leaders speak openly about their designs to "annihilate Israel," Americans should know "that their ultimate goal is the United States."
US President Barack Obama's decision to relax Iran sanctions for the nuclear talks was "a naive and stupid move" according to Huckabee, who suggested that instead stronger sanctions are demanded so as to encourage a popular uprising and replace the belligerent Islamic regime.
John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes Foods and former New York mayoral candidate, also spoke with Frager, saying that the economic tensions between the various countries in the Middle East as well as Russia requires a more active role from America.
When asked about the recently burgeoning phenomenon of rampant anti-Semitism seen in attacks, protests and statements worldwide, Huckabee noted on America's culpability in the issue by having a largely negative stance on Israel, a sentiment most glaringly seen in recent statements by anonymous US officials calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t."
"What's sad is that the American government has played into this (global anti-Semitism), and rather than be a voice that is steadfast against it, has allowed themselves to supply oxygen to that fire, and it's embarassing, something we shouldn't tolerate," said Huckabee.
He noted that the anti-Semitic hatred is most strongly directed against Jews inside their own country of Israel, and concluded "it's indefensible and unacceptable."
Catsimatidis spoke about other potential effects the rising anti-Semitism and increasingly negative position of the American administration may have on Israel, noting that in such conditions Israel may feel unable to launch attacks due to a lack of American support and backing.