Unofficial Republican party presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a solid supporter of Israel, is en route for his 15th visit. He has said he probably will wait until summer before announcing whether or not he will run for president in 2012.
“Headed to Israel with family and friends. Looking forward to my 15th trip there,” Huckabee’s tweet read on Shabbos, as polls show him topping the polls in West Virginia and North Carolina.
Huckabee recently spoke at the annual Beit El yeshiva dinner in New York and often has said that if the Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza want a state, they can choose from among several Arab nations. To view his previous trip to Israel, see the following video.
Huckabee’s visit this week will take him to the Knesset, where the Immigration and Absorption Committee will make a rare exception and host him at a meeting. He also will visit Jewish communities in united Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
His trip follows a recent visit by another GOP-Tea party contender, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Two polls show Huckabee leading in West Virginia with 28 percent of the projected vote, three percent ahead of Sarah Palin, and more than 10 percent ahead of Romney and Newt Gingrich.
In North Carolina, he leads with a nine-point advantage.
Read more at Arutz Shevah.