Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has been appointed ambassador to Israel.
The two-time White House hopeful and former Fox New Channel weekend host has been confirmed to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy Land. He is scheduled to meet with President-Elect Donald Trump Friday at 2:00 p.m.
The Jerusalem Post reported several members of Trump’s transition team confirmed the former Arkansas governor and minister will assume the post once the administration is installed in January.
Huckabee is an ordained Baptist preacher, and will become Trump’s vessel as he seeks to shake up U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East, beginning with relocating America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“That’s going to happen,” the transition official said. “Governor Huckabee is going to see it through.”
From The Daily Mail:
Despite congressional approval for moving the U.S. embassy, American leaders have historically tap-danced around the issue of where in Israel America’s diplomatic footprint should fall. No other nation has its embassy in Jerusalem.
Still, Israel’s Knesset and Supreme Court are located in West Jerusalem. And the nation captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 ‘Six-Day War,’ taking control of it from Jordan.
A 1980 Israeli law still in force declares that ‘Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.’
Arab nations near Israel oppose the idea of making Jerusalem a center of power for the Jewish state. Many of them deny Israel’s right to exist at all, and most see Jerusalem as a holy city for Muslims.
Need to know what kind of man Huckabee is? This is what his son did, courtesy of Heavy.com:
When David Huckabee was 17, he was found to have hanged and stoned a stray dog at a summer camp where he worked. Animal rights groups tried to investigate the incident in 2007. He claimed that he euthanized the dog but that doesn’t explain why he was fired from his job for breaking the camp’s mantra of being “kind,” reports the Florida Times-Union. The paper also reports that David Huckabee was kicked out of private school for his offense.