Mike Huckabee: Israelis 'Marched Out of Gaza at Gunpoint'

Republican presidential candidate told fundraising event that he is opposed to two-state solution because 'two governments ... can’t govern the same piece of real estate.'

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Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at a campaign event Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Las Vegas.
Republican presidential candidate former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at a campaign event Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Credit: AP
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Israelis were “marched at gunpoint” from their homes in Gush Katif during Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip in 2005, American Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said on Sunday.

“I’ve seen the film of Gush Katif. You see good Jewish families taken at gunpoint out of their own home and marched out of Gush Katif,” Huckabee told a fundraising event in Brooklyn, New York, according to the Jewish Insider.

Giving land to the Palestinians as a show of good faith and in an attempt to bring peace to Gaza was “one of the biggest failures of Israeli governments’ policy,” the candidate said.

Huckabee said that he wept when he saw the videos. "Surely, what they experienced with the Nazis should’ve taught us that must never happen again, and this time that the guns were being held by Israelis,” he said

It was not the first time Huckabee had used a Holocaust analogy when discussing Israel. After the nuclear agreement with Iran in July, he said that President Barack Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

The former governor of Arkansas explained to his audience why he thought U.S. support for a two-state solution was irrational. “Two governments, even two governments who get along, can’t govern the same piece of real estate,” he stated.

“When there are two governments and one of them does not believe the other has a right to exist, it becomes, absolutely, laughable that we would even propose such a completely unsupportable notion."

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