US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who is on visit to Israel to raise money for his campaign, has also visited the occupied West Bank, claiming the region belongs to the Tel Aviv regime.
Huckabee’s Tuesday comments are even at odds with the official stance of Israel’s biggest ally, the United States.
“If you’re going to visit Israel you should visit all of Israel, and that would include Judea and Samaria,” the former Arkansas governor told reporters during the visit to an illegal settlement in West Bank.
On Sunday, the Republican politician said he had visited Israel “dozens and dozens of times” since his first trip in 1973.
Huckabee left for Israel on Tuesday to talk with Israeli officials about a nuclear agreement between Iran and the global powers.
Last month, Huckabee made controversy for saying US President Barack Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven” following the nuclear conclusion with Iran, reached in mid-July in Vienna.
In a June statement, Israeli NGO B'Tselem said more than 200 illegal settlements have been constructed across the occupied West Bank since 1967 to house over 300,000 Israelis.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.