Why Does Mike Huckabee Want to Destroy Israel?

Does Mike Huckabee want to destroy Zionism, or does he want to destroy Israeli democracy? Because those are his choices.

Mike Huckabee says that a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River is “unrealistic.”

Fine, Mike: what are we supposed to do with the Palestinians? If you let them vote in Israel, then Israel will soon be an Arab state. If you don’t, then Israel isn’t a democracy. What’s your solution?

As morally horrific as the settlements are, they are not the cause of the failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace. As Robert Malley and Hussein Agha conceded last week, after more than a decade of denying it, the real cause is the refugee question, which the Palestinians have so far given little indication that they are willing to compromise on.

But that hardly means that Israel should violate moral principles and commit national suicide in the meantime — no matter how much Huckabee wants them to.

In the wake of the Six Day War, a young general named Ariel Sharon triumphantly reported to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol that the military victory ensured Israel’s dominance of the region.

“Fine, Arik,” Eshkol is reported to have said. “But what are we going to do with all these Arabs?”

More than four decades later, no one has answered Eshkol’s question.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com