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Huckabee in Israel backs united Jerusalem

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Mike Huckabee on a visit to Israel called the possible division of Jerusalem “unimaginable.”

Huckabee, a former U.S. presidential candidate, was in Israel for 48 hours beginning Monday as a guest of the Ateret Cohanim religious seminary’s Jerusalem Reclamation Project, a New York-based foundation that works to move Jews into Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter.

“It is a historic reality that Jerusalem, and the entire land, was originally intended to be a homeland for the Jewish people,” Huckabee said while touring eastern Jerusalem. “The Palestinians should in fact have a place and opportunity to settle, but it doesn’t have to be in Jerusalem.”

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who is also an ordained minister, has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Huckabee was accompanied on his visit by New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat.

Listen to Huckabee’s interview with JTA Israel correspondent Dina Kraft.

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