Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Saturday accused US President Barack Obama of marching Israelis “to the door of the oven” by trusting the Iranians to hold up to the terms of an agreement aimed at curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
Speaking during an interview with Breitbart News Saturday, Huckabee asserted that Obama’s foreign policy was the “most feckless in American history,” and implored Americans to rally against the nuclear deal with Tehran.
“It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians,” the former Arkansas governor and Fox News host said of the president, according to Breitbart.
“By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” he added, invoking a Holocaust trope. “This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people.”
He maintained that the US “gave away the whole store” to Iran, and concluded that the deal therefore has “got to be stopped.”
Huckabee has in the past compared Iran to a snake that cannot be trusted and should be killed, and said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be “uniquely qualified” to warn the world of the threat Tehran would pose if it acquired nuclear weapons.
Citing Iran’s many bellicose statements toward Israel, Netanyahu often compares the Islamic Republic to Nazi Germany and says that were it to acquire a nuclear weapon, it would be well equipped to carry out another Holocaust against the Jewish people.
“Americans need to know what those dangers are with Iran and that the Iranian threat is not unique to Israel, that it does, in fact, involve the United States and the rest of the world,” he said during a February interview with Israeli journalists in Jerusalem.
Under the complex formulations of the nuclear agreement signed in Vienna earlier this month, Iran would have notice of 24 days for international inspections of suspect military sites, a stipulation that was heavily criticized by Israel and other opponents of the deal. Skeptics say it is an ideal scenario for Iran to cheat.
Raphael Ahren contributed to this report.