— by Richard Chaitt and Scott Schley
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was among the thirteen Republican candidates speaking at the RJC Presidential Presidential Forum.
Huckabee spoke entirely about the State of Israel. He started off speaking of his long relationship with Israel and how he has been going there for 42 years. As a Southern Baptist minister, Huckabee believes in the Bible and spoke frequently about G-d. He said G-d has a covenant with the Jews and Israel, so while we may forget G-d, he will not forget us. He quoted G-d’s promise to Abram from the Torah:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Huckabee called the Iran deal a mistake lamenting that it as bad for Israel and bad for the United States. He affirmed that Israel has continually given and given over the years, so how can they make peace with a people who teach their children to hate and kill Jews.
He spoke eloquently about how Israel is stunningly alive and a miracle. He reiterated that Jerusalem should be the united capital of Israel and the US embassy should be there. He emphasized the United States must understand who are its allies and enemies.
During the question and answer period, he was asked about race relations and gave an eloquent response. He indicated when Obama was elected he was proud to see America elect a black President even though as a Republican he had supported the Republican Candidate Arizona Senator John McCain. Having grown up in the South, Huckabee said he thought he would never see this. Nevertheless, Huckabee opined that while Obama could have been uniting force, he was divisive. Huckabee added that “We need to return to Dr. King’s idea of judging a person by his character, not his color.”
When asked about abortion and gay marriage he was uncompromising and indicated his pro-life positions have been the same his whole life, and that if the questioner’s priority is on the defense of abortion rights, he is not going to change their view.