Mike Huckabee

Huckabee in Jerusalem: will this help or hurt as he gears up for 2012?

Every U.S. administration since 1967 has opposed the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Israeli building in eastern Jerusalem, but a likely GOP presidential contender in 2012 this week sent another strong signal that could change if he gets into the White House.

Mike Huckabee At Bet El Dinner

Special to the Jewish Week

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee got a standing ovation when Dr. Joseph Frager introduced him at the 28th annual dinner of American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center on Dec. 5.

“I’ve never had that kind of reception from Baptists, so I am very glad to be here,” the former Baptist minister, Arkansas governor and presidential aspirant said.

“I think Joe announced my candidacy for president. Thank you Joe, but I’m not yet ready to do so.”

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, wife Sandy and daughter Eliana with Mike Huckabee and Eugen Gluck at a Bet El dinner. Photo by Tim Boxe

Palin and the (over-educated) Jews

Update: for a response from a Jewish Palin backer, check out this op-ed, just posted on the Jewish Week home page.

It's no secret Jewish Democrats are fervently hoping the Republicans nominate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to take on a battered, besieged president Barack Obama in 2012 – Palin being the reason, according to some political scientists, that Sen. John McCain fared so badly among Jewish voters in 2008.

Weekend Reads: Lautenberg Loves Lady Gaga, a Tea Party Game and More

Some political odds and ends for your weekend reading pleasure:

Thanks to the Washington Post's Al Kamen, we now know that Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is a big Lady Gaga fan.

Mike Huckabee, Israel and Bible prophecy

Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee, looking an awful lot like a contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is also trying to position himself as Israel's best friend, and plenty of conservative Jews are inclined to buy it.

Judging by a recent interview he conducted in his role as a Fox News host, he may also be positioning himself as the candidate of the Christian apocalypse, which raises some interesting questions.

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