(CNSNews.com) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he distrusts the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations with the untrustworthy Iranians, just as Israeli Prime Minister Binaymin Netanyahu does:
"Well, this is a president who told us we could keep our doctors, we could keep our health insurance, they're going to get to the bottom of Benghazi. And that was all about a video. We were told they're going to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal. We're going to get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious.
"I'm sorry, but the president has no credibility when it comes to saying, look, you can trust me. Actually, we can't. And the truth is, we certainly can't trust the Iranians.
"And whatever legacy the president wants to have by saying, look, I made a deal with the Iranians -- it can't be a good deal because you can't trust a government that is vowed openly and publicly that it's going to wipe another nation off the face of the earth."
Huckabee told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday night, "The Iranians are just crazy enough to use a nuclear weapon if they had one."
Huckabee said that's why Netanyahu is speaking to Congress on Tuesday -- despite the negative political fallout in his own country.
"And anyone who thinks he's doing this in advance of the Israeli elections because it's good for him, well, they haven't been reading the Israeli press. Megyn, I was just there. I'm telling you, this is very destructive to him politically.
"He's doing it because he realizes that a nuclear Iran is really a death sentence to Israel. And it is a proliferation of nuclear arms across the Middle East. And he's risking his political life because he values not just the future of Israel but really the future of civilization."
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that negotiators deserve “the benefit of the doubt” in attempts to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran, but Huckabee said it's not enough to simply curb Iran's nuclear program:
"This is like saying they had 19,000 centrifuges, we're going to only let them have 6,000. This is the equivalent saying, we're not going to let a pyromaniac have a blow torch but we'll let them have, you know, a cigarette lighter and a can of gasoline. You just don't put those kind of opportunities in the hands of crazy people who would use those destructive forces."
Huckabee said even those who disagree with Netanyahu accepting the Republicans' invitation to address Congress should listen to the speech.
"If you don't agree with it, then in a free country you can certainly say that you disagree with it and you can explain why. But to not listen -- to say we want diversity of views as long as they agree with ours -- shouldn't we want more information, not less information? Shouldn't we want more voices speaking to this, not fewer voices?
"I don't understand this boycott mentality," Huckabee said, referring to several dozen Democrats who refuse to attend.
"Look, if you want to go and fold your arms and say I'm not going to stand up and I'm not even going to applaud, knock yourself out. Go for it. But I think the prime minister's speech is an important speech, certainly for members of Congress, because they need to monitor this deal. But, Megyn, this is important for all the American people and for all the people of the free world who value their liberty and who believe that there is a threat to it from the Iranians."