US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee recently visited Israel to raise money for his campaign and to discuss the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the global powers.
He also went to the occupied West Bank, claiming the region belongs to the Tel Aviv regime. Huckabee’s comments go far beyond the official stance even of Israel’s biggest ally, the United States. In June, Israeli NGO ‘B'Tselem’ said over 200 illegal settlements have been constructed across the occupied West Bank since 1967 to house over 300,000 Israelis.
Meanwhile, Palestinians seek an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories, and an independent state on the West Bank, East al-Quds and the besieged Gaza Strip. But former US President Jimmy Carter - a major critic of Israeli policy - says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has killed a two-state solution, adding Palestinians “will never get equal rights” and that Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”