Huckabee comments on Palestinian statehood out of step with bipartisan support for Israel

June 2, 2015

Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s recent comments rejecting the need for a Palestinian state alongside Israel are deeply troubling and fly in the face of decades of bipartisan support for a two-state solution.

Huckabee’s remarks–calling the two-state solution “irrational and unworkable” and claiming that “there’s plenty of land in the world” outside Israel and the territory it controls for a Palestinian state–put him far outside the mainstream of Americans and American Jews who continue to support the two-state solution as the only way to ensure a safe, Jewish and democratic Israel.

This conflict will not end by denying the legitimate rights of either people to a homeland between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. But it must end–Israel’s future depends on it.

Politicians who deny the urgent need for a two-state solution jeopardize the democratic foundations of the US-Israel relationship and risk condemning both Israelis and Palestinians to unending conflict.

We call on all presidential candidates to stand with their Republican and Democratic predecessors in support of a two-state peace, a Jewish and democratic Israel and a US-Israel relationship built on shared values and interests.