Huckabee, noting that the right to a homeland doesn’t entail a right to the homeLAND that you want, suggested that maybe the palestineans would do better to have a homeland, ummmn, somewhere else. Anywhere else. Just not where they are. Thanks Huckster. That’s really helpful and Muffti can see you are already preparing your own demise in 2012…from Jpost:
Palestinians have a right to a homeland, but not within the boundaries of Israel, former governor of Arkansas and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested at a meeting with reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning.
Huckabee advocated for a one-state solution, thereby challenging the policies of both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.
Huckabee, who many consider the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is here on a four-day visit sponsored by Ateret Cohanim, the organization spearheading efforts to buy property for Jewish homes in east Jerusalem.
In an exchange with The Jerusalem Post, he said that while both Israelis and Palestinians have a right to a self-governed homeland, it would be impossible for the countries to live side-by-side.
“The point is that if you try to layer two governments on top of each other, there is going to be nothing but conflict,” Huckabee said when asked if the Palestinians had a right to a homeland within territories currently controlled by Israel. “I don’t know how that would work. That comes back to the question of how you designate two owners of the same car.”
“Historically, the international community has already said Israel has a right to be here, that this is going to be their homeland,” Huckabee said.
The same international community that granted Palestine to Jews ought to decide where Palestinians should establish their homeland, he said.
“The question is, should the Palestinians have a place to call their own?” he asked. “Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That’s what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic.”
However, Huckabee backed away from a suggestion he made in 2007 that the Palestinian state could be formed in Egypt or Saudi Arabia.
“It wasn’t so much of a plan, I think, as it was a speculation,” he said. “I was speculating. My question was, why does it [the Palestinian state] have to be here?”
It was unreasonable for the world to expect Israel give up any of its land for a Palestinian state, he said.
“They [the Jews] have been given a tiny minuscule strip of land to upon which to call home,” he said. “To ask them to further give increasing amounts acreage away for what is hoped to be a peaceful arrangement – it has not resulted in creating any level of peace.”
Huckabee’s one-state solution is politically to the right of the prime minister, who recently came out in favor of a two-state solution as long as the Palestinian state is demilitarized and does not pose a threat, and as long as Jerusalem remains Israel’s undivided capital.
“In my vision of peace, two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect,” Netanyahu in an address delivered at Bar-Ilan University in June. “Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, and its own government.”
“And how is that two-state solution working out for them?” Huckabee asked reporters on Tuesday morning.