Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” in Israeli Knesset, condemns Egyptian uprising

Avowed Christian Zionist Mike Huckabee is a natural ally of the Bibi-Barak-Lieberman government

Avowed Christian Zionist Mike Huckabee is a natural ally of the Bibi-Barak-Lieberman government

Mike Huckabee was in Jerusalem today on an important junket related to his likely presidential campaign. He used his speech before the Knesset to denounce the Egyptian uprising as a threat to all humankind, warning that “the situation could threaten the world and all those who seek peace and security. The real threat to Israelis is not the bomb but the people behind it, not weapons but the madmen behind them.”

Bibi has essentially muzzled his cabinet ministers, warning them not to make any public statements about the uprising. It is not easy for so-called “only democracy in the Middle East” to say that it wants to keep it that way. So Huckabee was left with a golden opportunity to channel the sentiments of the Israeli government and mainstream Israeli society in an address carried to the Israel public as a top story on radio and TV news (I listened to the speech on Israeli national radio today while riding a minibus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem).

Huckabee’s speech earned praise from Yisrael Beiteinu’s Yulia Shamalov-Berkowitz, who said Huckabee spoke “very Zionistically.” MK Tzipi Hotovely from the governing Likud party echoed Huckabee, declaring that ”the conflict in this region is not a matter of territory, but simply Islam against Judaism, not 1967 borders but the very formation of the state in 1948.”

The language of religious warfare is not exclusive to the Zionist right. MK Binyamin Ben Eliezer, a leader of the shrinking and essentially moribund Labor Party, warned that the Egyptian uprising signals the beginning of renewed conflict. “There will be a new order in the Middle East,” he said recently, noting that he has been in discussions with Mubarak. “It will become more extreme, militant and radical towards Israel from an Islamic point of view. The conclusion that we will draw is that we did not take advantage of the potential for agreements when the Middle East was more moderate.”

Given the statements of Bibi-Barak-Lieberman proxies and supporters like Huckabee, it is not hard to predict Israel’s behavior after Mubarak finally capitulates. The Israeli military-intelligence apparatus and its public relations ancillary are almost certainly crafting a tentative plan to destabilize their neighbor, or simply touching up a dusty, well-worn blueprint. They know that if Zionism is to persevere in the heart of the Middle East, and to continue to besiege and colonize Arabs — Huckabee also called for more settlement building in the West Bank — the political aspirations of Egypt’s people must be crushed, again and again.

Huckabee’s visit marks the opening of what would be the first element of any plan to destabilize Egypt: a rhetorical campaign carried out by sympathetic media and political figures (the American right-wing, heavily influenced by Christian Zionist theology, is a natural ally) to delegitimize whatever comes after Mubarak as a radical Islamist regime that not only threatens Israel, but the Western world as well.

11 thoughts on “Mike Huckabee speaks “very Zionistically” in Israeli Knesset, condemns Egyptian uprising

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  2. JPT

    Lord God Almighty, please we don’t need a reconstructionist like Mike Huckabee stirring things up. He may speak “very Zionistically” but, keep in mind, their purpose is to usher in the Second Coming of Christ by rebuilding the Temple.

    Many of them have such a sense of urgency because they want to be taken up in “the Rapture” rather than face death. Also note that Huckabee’s denomination, until recent decades, had a long history of vilifying Jews until it became politically imprudent.

    Most Americans, especially those of his denomination, are unaware—and reluctant to believe when informed—that the Southern Baptists were founded on Biblical support for Negro Slavery. Not incidental to its founding—central to it.

    Ask Huckabee whether he thinks Jews suffer under a Satanic delusion. Ask him if he thinks God wants him to run America.

    We need to keep our governments SECULAR and encourage our allies to do the same. It’s how we maintain religious freedom for all. Thank God for religious equality.

  3. DICKERSON3870

    RE: “Mike Huckabee was in Jerusalem today on an important junket related to his likely presidential campaign.” – Max B.

    MY SNARK: It looks like the next Republican candidate for U.S. Presidency might well be chosen in Israel.
    SEE: Mitt Romney meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel ~ by Jennifer Epstein, Politico, 01/11/14

    (excerpt) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who aides say plans sessions with all the serious potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. Netanyahu’s office said the two “discussed a series of issues, including advancing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, which will be based on security, and the challenge to the international community posed by the Iranian nuclear program.”…

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47613.html

  4. The Lone Ranger

    I was looking at good ol’ Mike Huck’s photo and kept feeling it reminded me of someone. Then in a flash of insight, I knew, I knew that far away look in his eyes. By golly, there was Jim Jones looking total brainwashed, jet-lagged, jungle-ravaged and spouting lines only a deaf, dumb & blind exile from some LA crack ghetto could relate to. What was the name of that Heart of Darkness? Guyana was it? You know where Jones made his last stand at the Alamo? Is this why Huck is in israel? Has the potion been prepared for those who are willing to believe in a wholly stolen land?

  5. walt kovacs

    “Given the statements of Bibi-Barak-Lieberman proxies and supporters like Huckabee, it is not hard to predict Israel’s behavior after Mubarak finally capitulates. The Israeli military-intelligence apparatus and its public relations ancillary are almost certainly crafting a tentative plan to destabilize their neighbor,”

    jeez max…it already looks as if egypt is destablilized…dont think they need israel’s assistance.

    hey….why dont you get some balls and assist the brave egyptians in overturning their government

    oh wait….anarchists dont have balls…they prefer to hang out in democratic countries to spew their crap…where it is safe

  6. trog69

    Thanks for reporting this, Mr. Blumenthal. You are doing work that is vital for any chance of Israel’s far-right hoodlums being held responsible for their unbridled greed for land and warmongering. If not for your work, more people would be ignorant of the other side of the occupation.

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  8. max1284

    Max, please don’t indulge this. Huckabee isn’t speaking Zionistically. He’s speaking opportunistically. His orientation isn’t to the ideology of Jewish tribalism but to power, a specific vision of capitalist power in the Middle East oriented towards the needs of a specific set of capitalists.

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