On Thursday, former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas said President Obama “resents” the strength of Benjamin Netanyahu, whose Likud Party was victorious in Tuesday’s national elections.
When Newsmax TV host Steve Malzberg asked why Obama resents Netanyahu, Huckabee answered, “It’s hard for me to understand that,” later adding, “The only thing I can fathom is he has such an extraordinary sense of identity with, sympathy for, many of the other Middle Eastern nations.”
“I think he resents very much the strength of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely forthright in his understanding of what the threats are with Islamic jihadism, a term that President Obama cannot bring himself to utter, nor can his administration,” Huckabee added.
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The former and possible future Republican presidential candidate also criticized the details of the nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran, calling a deal that would leave Iran with 6,000 nuclear centrifuges “terrible.”
“The true essence of insanity, when you let people who have violated every agreement they’ve ever, ever made under the Ayatollahs, when you believe them for a moment that they’re really not gonna use all of that nuclear capacity for some nefarious purpose.”
President Obama did not phone the prime minister until two days after the victory was apparent, telling Netanyahu the White House will reassess its relationship with Israel.
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Despite polling just days before the election that suggested otherwise, Netanyahu’s party won in Israel and will have 30 seats in the next Knesset.
Earlier this week, Huckabee slammed Secretary of State John Kerry for his criticisms of a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the president which insisted any nuclear deal between the United States and Iran would not last the current administration. Huckabee’s wrote to Kerry in part saying:
Frankly, your criticisms are hypocritical. You launched yourself into the public spotlight by directly and publicly criticizing the executive branch in a Senate committee hearing forty-four years ago.
In 1985, you did more than just send a letter to a foreign nation—you flew to Nicaragua to negotiate with Daniel Ortega and other Sandinistas despite express opposition from the Reagan Administration.
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