(JTA) – Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Israel has as much right to the West Bank as the United States has to Manhattan.
Speaking at a press conference at Jerusalem’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Wednesday, the former Arkansas governor, who gave a speech in the West Bank settlement Shiloh on Tuesday said, according to the Guardian: “I don’t see it as occupied, that makes it appear as if someone is illegally taking land. I don’t see it that way.”
He added: “In America, we have about a 400-year relationship to Manhattan. It would be as if I came and said we need to end our occupation of Manhattan. I’m pretty sure most Americans would find that laughable.”