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Mike Huckabee: Hamas Deserves Blame For Gaza Poverty

By    |   Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:44 PM

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who traveled to Israel for the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem, Thursday laid the blame for the poverty of Palestinians in Gaza at the feet of Hamas.

"Hamas is masters of propaganda," Huckabee told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "Too bad they're not really masters of trying to help people out of poverty. In fact their actions keep people in poverty. That is their goal, keep them uneducated, impoverished, and subservient."

Huckabee said he's been to the Gaza border many times, and pointed out that Hamas continues to build tunnels, at an average cost of $3 million each, to try to get into Israel to kill Israelis, only to have the Israeli military blow up the tunnels and block them.

"That's $3 million that could have been used for housing, provide food, infrastructure," said Huckabee. "In Gaza, it's an absolute disaster for these poor people, and it is horrific what is happening to them, but happening at the hands of Hamas, because they are using them as human shields. They are exploiting their poverty and their complete lack of understanding of what they're used for."

Huckabee said he's been traveling to Israel for 45 years, and this time, seeing the curtain coming down and looking the word "embassy" gave him chills.

" It was something many of us were hoping for, praying for, working for," said Huckabee. "This is not symbolic. This president deserves all the credit, all the credit for having the courage to do what other presidents promised but did not deliver."

Huckabee also commented on this week's news that North Korea is pushing back on conditions for the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong un.

"I think a lot of it is bravado and sabre-rattling necessary for him to assure his people he is not surrendering, he is not giving up everything, that he is going into it with a sense of strength," said Huckabee. "All that posturing doesn't change the fact he has been willing and said publicly to completely get rid of nuclear arms. If that indeed happens, it is an amazing reset of all of Asia."

But even if the summit falls apart, he said, Trump deserves credit "for getting us closer than any president ever has" when it comes to North Korea.

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Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, who traveled to Israel for the opening of the new embassy in Jerusalem, Thursday laid the blame for the poverty of Palestinians in Gaza at the feet of Hamas.
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