Matthew 23 woes

Huckabee: Israel can build in West Bank, Jerusalem    


JERUSALEM — Potential 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says preventing Jewish settlers from building in east Jerusalem is as outrageous as discriminating against Americans because of their race, language or religion.    

Huckabee spoke at the dedication of a new Jewish neighborhood in east Jerusalem, which is claimed by the Palestinians.    

Huckabee dismissed the notion that Jewish settlements are obstacles to peace. Instead, he backed the settlers’ view that they have the right to build anywhere in the biblical Land of Israel, including the West Bank.    

The former Arkansas governor is expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.    

President Barack Obama and most of the international community consider the settlements illegal.

This article (sans photo) was from the “News in brief” section of the Sentinel Record (page 2), Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  The title refers to the seven times in Matthew 23 when Jesus prefaces his accusations against the religious establishment with “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (KJV)

– Monsieur d’Nalgar

Has BFF Chuck Norris been replaced as Ranger Huck’s Tonto?  Today’s paper contains this additional tidbit in the “People in the news” section (page 17):

Voight hopes daughter Jolie will visit Israel


JERUSALEM – Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight says he hopes his daughter Angelina Jolie will join him soon on a visit to the Jewish state.

A longtime Israel supporter, Voight is visiting the country with likely U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Voight was for years estranged from Jolie. He said on Tuesday his celebrity daughter was well aware of his “affection for Israel and the Jewish people,” but that he doesn’t know where she stands on Israel.

Jolie serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

Voight told The Associated Press he would “love to see” Jolie at his side “coming on a visit to Israel.”


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