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Huckabee traveling to Israel to raise money for presidential campaign

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (AFP photo)

US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he is traveling to Israel this week to raise money for his campaign and meet with a number of Israeli officials to discuss the nuclear accord with Iran.

The former governor of Arkansas opposes the Obama administration's nuclear agreement with Iran, like most of his Republican colleagues.

Huckabee’s campaign spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, said the presidential hopeful will depart on Tuesday for Israel but did not specify which officials he would meet with.

Stewart declined to say whether he would meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, citing security concerns.

She said the campaign will disclose details of the trip when he returns. Huckabee announced the trip to Israel on Sunday.

Last month, Huckabee made controversy for saying US President Barack Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven” following the nuclear deal with Iran.

"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," he said. "It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Analysts believe his remarks were aimed at appealing to Israel advocacy groups in order to receive campaign contributions from Zionist donors.

Huckabee is currently at 7th place among Republican presidential hopefuls, holding steady at six percent. 


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