The chorus against Mike Huckabee’s Iran Holocaust comments is growing with Jeb Bush, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, and Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz all taking the former Arkansas Governor to task for his remarks.
I can understand from where Dermer and Katz are coming. Katz said to Huckabee in a Facebook post, “Dear Mr Huckabee, no one is marching Jews to the ovens anymore. That is why we established the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces, and if necessary, we will know how to defend ourselves by ourselves.”
The problem, however, is if Israel does decide to take military action against Iran, the Iran nuclear agreement requires the United States to intervene on Iran’s behalf. So yes, Israel can defend itself. But can it defend itself against the U.S. Army? And for what? To preserve an agreement that isn’t worth the paper on which it is written? So as I argued the other day, if the U.S. prevents Israel from defending itself and allows Iran to build a nuclear bomb, then I am afraid that Huckabee will be proven correct.
As for Bush, he didn’t actually criticize the substance of Huckabee’s comments. All he said was, “The use of that kind of language is wrong. This is not the way we’re going to win elections and that’s not how we’re going to solve problems. So, unfortunate remark — not quite sure why he felt compelled to say it.” Evidently, Bush thinks he’ll win the election by obeying Hillary Clinton’s ground rules for political dialogue and by not committing to undo the Iran nuclear agreement and seeking permission from China and Russia instead.
Although I am more sympathetic to Israeli objections over Huckabee’s comments, I ultimately think that they are misdirecting their anger. If Huckabee, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and most of the GOP field were to be elected President, then Israel would no longer need to worry about the Iran nuclear deal. But with the Iran nuclear deal in place and with Iran still chanting “Death to Israel,” their anger and American anger should be directed at President Obama and John Kerry who made this deal with the devil possible, not at Mike Huckabee for playing the canary in a coal mine.