It is rare for leading US politicians to visit West Bank settlements, especially an ideological settlement like Shiloh. Rarer still for them to do so publicly. And almost unheard of to do so in the midst of their presidential campaign and hold a fund-raiser there to boot.
Yet, that is exactly what former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee did Tuesday, shortly after landing in Israel on a campaign stop, even as his Republican primary rivals were giving speeches and shaking hands at the Iowa State Fair.
It’s a crowded field, the Republican presidential race, and Huckabee probably won’t be that party’s candidate come next summer. Still, his unabashed, unashamed support for the settlements – a position he has held for years and which he underlined just by going to Shiloh on Tuesday – is not without significance.