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Huckabee: Obama's "Extraordinary Disdain" For Israel Comes From "Identity With, Sympathy" For Middle East Nations

"I think he resents the strength of Israel."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says President Obama has "extraordinary disdain" for Israel and such disdain originates from his own sense of identity and sympathy for the "other Middle Eastern nations."

Huckabee added that Obama resents the "strength of Israel" and re-elected prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Huckabee made the comments on NewsMaxTV's Steve Malzberg Show in response to the host asking why President Obama has such "extraordinary disdain" for Israel.

"It's hard for me to understand that. The only thing I can fathom is he has an extraordinary sense of identity with, sympathy for, many of the other Middle Eastern nations," Huckabee, a possible 2016 candidate, said.

"I think he resents the strength of Israel. I think he resents very much the strength of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is absolutely forthright in his understanding of what the threats are with Islamic jihadism, a term that President Obama cannot bring himself to utter, nor can his administration."

"I believe as a result of that he finds that Netanyahu represents what he can't be and that is a very strong leader who keeps his word. I have often said, I've been saying for years, Bibi Netanyahu is a Churchill in a world of Chamberlains."

Earlier in the interview, Huckabee said, "well it's very clear Steve that this administration in general, and this president in particular, has an extraordinary disdain for Israel in general and Benjamin Netanyahu in particular. And it's just inexplicable."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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