Huckabee on his way back to Israel

Sunday, January 30, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Former Arkansas Governor and possible 2012 US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is on his way back to Israel this week for his 15th visit to the Jewish state.

During his stay, Huckabee is scheduled to meet with Knesset officials, visit Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and take yet another firm stand for a united Jerusalem under Israeli control. He has previously come out strongly against the idea of a sovereign Palestinian Arab state on Israel’s ancestral lands.

The trip is definitely political in nature, and many see it as part of his upcoming presidential campaign, though Huckabee has stated he will not decide whether or not to declare his candidacy until the coming summer.

Huckabee is not the first Republican heavyweight to visit Israel in the run-up to the 2012 election. Earlier this month, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was in Israel for a brief visit.

A series of preliminary polls show Huckabee to be the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, should he choose to join the race.

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