Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee argued over the weekend a two-state solution is "irrational and unworkable" and that if a Palestinian state is created, it must exist outside of Israel. Huckabee said there's plenty of land elsewhere in the world for a Palestinian state.
"The two state solution, if we mean two governments holding the same piece of real estate is irrational and unworkable," Huckabee told Arutz Sheva TV on Sunday during an appearance at the Israel Day Concert in Central Park, New York.
Huckabee, who refers to the area commonly called the West Bank as Judea and Samaria, called arguing for the two-state solution a "pretentious game."
"And I think it's time for us to quit playing this pretentious game that there's gonna be a two-state solution where both sides share the same country and real estate and streets 'cause they're not," said Huckabee. "One of the sides the Palestinians continue to say that Israel doesn't have a right to exist. You can't forge an alliance with that."
Huckabee cited there being "plenty of land in the world" to find a place for a Palestinian state outside of Israel.
"If there's a two-state solution, the Palestinians state needs to be outside the boundaries of the nation of Israel. There's plenty of land in the world where we can find a place and say, 'Okay, let's create a Palestinian state.' But not within the confides of a secure Israel."
Speaking at the event, Huckabee said "we never can accept the notion that Israel will be divided," citing the boundaries of Israel being given "not by the United Nations but by almighty God."
In his interview, Huckabee added he could not "explain why there is a harsh anti-Israel sentiment that exists in the administration."
Huckabee said if Israel was attacked he doesn't know what the Obama administration would do.
"I think if the Israelis were under attack right now, I'm not sure what this president would do," said Huckabee when asked about Israel taking military action against Iran.
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