Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee made a visit to the West Bank settlement of Shilo Tuesday, vowing to help strengthen neighborhoods built beyond the Green Line if elected president.
"The connection between the Bible and Israel is important," Huckabee said. "I see the West Bank as an integral part of Israel," and If elected president "I will support the strengthening of Jewish settlements.
The event – a rare one for US presidential candidates – was arranged by Miami-based Simon Falic, who with his brothers owns Duty Free Americas Inc., the largest duty-free operator in the US.
Huckabee, who has come to Israel dozens of times over the years since his first visit in 1973 – many times leading church groups – last met Netanyahu in Jerusalem in February, just before the prime minister’s controversial address to Congress.