Huckabee coming to Israel to fundraise, talk Iran


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is coming to Israel to raise campaign funds and discuss the Iran nuclear deal.

The former Arkansas governor will arrive in Israel on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. A spokesman said the trip would be “brief” and did not provide further details. Huckabee is a frequent visitor to Israel, coming multiple times a year.

Announcing the trip Sunday on CNN, Huckabee said Iran is “not to be trusted.”

“We’re being pushed to get into a deal that gives us nothing, but gives the Iranians the capacity to ultimately end up with a nuclear weapon, and that’s just insane,” Huckabee said, according to AP. The other Republican candidates also oppose the agreement reached last month between six world powers, led by the United States, and Iran.

Last month, Huckabee drew widespread criticism for saying that through the Iran agreement, President Barack Obama will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

The deal lifts international sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs and inspections on Iran’s nuclear program.

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