Published On: Sat, Nov 19th, 2016

Mike Huckabee Denies Israel Ambassador Appointment — U.S. Embassy Not Moving


Mike Huckabee has denied reports that he is to be appointed the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and that he will oversee the move of the American embassy there to Jerusalem. It was reported early Friday that a Donald Trump official had confirmed the appointment of the former Arkansas Governor and two time former Presidential candidate.

Many supporters of Israel believe that Donald Trump will be a bigger friend to that country than his predecessor, or that Hillary Clinton would have been, and cheered the news of Mike Huckabee’s appointment. They will now be disappointed.

Governor Mike Huckabee has stated officially that he never discussed such an appointment with Donald Trump and that any such important positions will only be filled once the new State Department team is in place.

There is no record that President Elect Donald Trump ever promised to move the American Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He is likely to follow the lead of the last Republican President, George. W. Bush, and rely on the State Department which has always officially declared that such a move is not appropriate. This is in spite of the fact that the American Congress passed a law in 1995 requiring that any new American Embassy complex built in Israel would have to be in Jerusalem.

There is now a new U.S. Consulate compound in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Governor Huckabee first ran for President in 2008 and made a strong showing, but lost in the primaries to the eventual Republican nominee John McCain. He ran again this year, but dropped out early and endorsed Donald Trump. This is one reason why Mike Huckabee is expected to have a senior position in Donald Trump’s administration.

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