Friday, April 24, 2009

Huckabee: "Two-state solution is nonsense"

Via a reader, World Magazine runs an interview with Mike Huckabee for its May 9 issue, and finds a former governor happy with the media empire he's building, convinced the turning point in '08 was McCain's vote for TARP, and dismissive of a two-state solution to Israel and Pakistan.

Of the latter.

WORLD: What about Israel and the Palestinians? Any hope there?

HUCKABEE: I've been to Israel 10 times; I've also been to virtually every other country in the area. This may put me in such a small minority, but I think this two-state solution is nonsense. If we're trying to get these two warring factions to occupy the same piece of real estate with two political entities layering over each other, that's absurd. We wouldn't tolerate it and they're not going to tolerate it. We shouldn't try to prolong the sense of that happening. [Israelis] not only have a right to existence, which is a fundamental agreement dating back to the early 1900s in the Balfour Declaration, but a right to a secure homeland. The tiny sliver of real estate they occupy, surrounded by people who are hostile to them, is really a very vulnerable place for them. Hoping for this two-state solution is simply not practical.

What about 2012 (ea)?

HUCKABEE: I think everybody assumes that I'm going to run again, but the honest answer is I don't know. I'm not being coy, because I might. But at this very moment, it is not on my mind and it's not something I sit around thinking about. I'm extraordinarily busy doing my show. . . . I'm doing three commentaries a day five days a week, for the ABC radio network. I'm speaking all over the place.

: Your speechmaking schedule sounds like the itinerary of someone who's running.

HUCKABEE: Yes, but I'm running to catch up from all the years I spent being a governor. I'm having a great time; I'm doing things I love to do. I'm raising money for pro-life groups. . . . My PAC is busy helping candidates that are involved in races. My attitude is that I may never run again, and I'm OK with that. It may be that my role is to help other people through the PAC.

Full i/view here.