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Huckabee on Trump Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital: Haven’t Seen That Kind of Commitment Since Reagan

Brady Kenyon
By Brady Kenyon | July 24, 2018 | 3:46 PM EDT

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on "Life, Liberty & Levin" (Screenshot)

On “Life, Liberty & Levin” Sunday, host Mark Levin interviewed former Arkansas Governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who said, “I haven’t seen that kind of commitment since Ronald Reagan,” when commenting on President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“I was so refreshed by a president who was able to say, ‘It’s the right thing to do, and I said I was going to do it,’” recalled former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee about a conversation he had with President Donald Trump on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I haven’t seen that kind of commitment since Ronald Reagan. And I think a lot of people support Donald Trump because of it. No matter what his critics say, you can’t take that from him.”

See below for a transcript of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s exchange with Mark Levin from “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “But Israel is a very special place. As a person of faith, for me, Israel is not just another piece of real estate – maybe the most hotly contested piece of real estate on earth. But it has biblical dimensions, biblical connections, and that’s important to me. I think the title deed goes all the way back to Abraham.

“So, to see a president recognize the rightful home of the Jewish people and a Jewish state and Jerusalem as its capital – and by the way, Jerusalem has only been capital to one people in the history of the earth, and that’s to the Jews. So it’s important to me that we respect that and—”

Mark Levin: “It’s part of your faith?”

Huckabee: “It’s part of my faith. Yeah.”

Levin: “As an evangelical Christian?”

Huckabee: “Absolutely, and I’ve had this conversation with the president back before he made the decision. And I told him, ‘Mr. President, there are two things that evangelicals,’ who, by the way were the basis for him being elected. They overwhelmingly, like 75-80 percent of evangelicals, voted for Donald Trump and still support him, and that surprised a lot of people. But they like someone who sticks by the black and the white and the right and wrong and what they stand for.

“So, Donald Trump and I had this conversation, and I said, ‘Mr. President there two things evangelicals consider non-negotiable: the sanctity of human life, and the second thing is unwavering commitment to the sovereignty of Israel as a Jewish state.’

“And he kind of was surprised by that, but I said, ‘Mr. president, we’re people of the book, and we believe that if God has made a promise, he’s gonna keep it.’ And one of the promises is the nations that bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”

“And I just believe that when Donald Trump made this decision—and he was under so much pressure not to do it, Mark—and you know that. You know this very well—pressure from within the country, pressure from all over the world, and world leaders.

“And later, after he had done it, I had the opportunity to say, ‘What was the deciding force?’ He said, ‘Because it was the right thing to do, and I said I was going to do it.’ 

“I was so refreshed by a president who was able to say, ‘It’s the right thing to do, and I said I was going to do it.’ I haven’t seen that kind of commitment since Ronald Reagan. And I think a lot of people support Donald Trump because of it. No matter what his critics say, you can’t take that from him.”

Brady Kenyon
Brady Kenyon
Brady Kenyon

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