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Republican Huckabee in Israel slams 2-state option

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Back-dropped by the golden shrine of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City, former Arkansas governor and US presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is seen during his tour in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al Amud, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.

JERUSALEM — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is pressing on with a provocative tour of Israel and backing Israel's policies at the heart of increasingly tense U.S.-Israeli relations.

Huckabee says that establishing a Palestinian state in "the middle of the Jewish homeland" would be "unrealistic." He spoke to reporters on Tuesday.

A far-right group of religious nationalists is hosting Huckabee on a three-day tour of some of the most contentious hotspots in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

These include a West Bank settlement outpost that even Israel's hardline government considers illegal and an east Jerusalem housing project that Washington has demanded be halted.

Huckabee is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012.


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