There was tons of speculation today that Mike Huckabee had been offered the position of Ambassador to Israel.

It was stoked when The Daily Mail ran the story:

That struck me as unlikely, because the position of Ambassador normally would be announced later in the process. It’s not cabinet level, and not even a senior administrative position (though it is a very important position).

It just didn’t smell right, so we didn’t run it, even though the rest of the world did.

Nonetheless, we can’t expect a completely conventional process from Trump — he wasn’t conventional in the campaign. So I watched and waited.

Huckabee is so pro-Israel, that it had many Israel supporters cheering even the possibility. Huckabee as Ambassador would have been a huge signal that Trump planned to follow up on the promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize it as Israel’s capital.

And it had anti-Israel activists, like Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace (which isn’t Jewish, and isn’t for peace) besides themselves. Maybe it’s wrong of me, but I took great joy.

Max Blumenthal fired up his hate engine:

I was looking for much more of this pure joy, but that came to an end when Huckabee tweeted that the rumors were not true:

Huckabee appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, guest hosted by Eric Bolling, and denied having any conversations about becoming Ambassador to Israel. He did say he had conversations about cabinet-level positions, but would not reveal which ones.

So, no Ambassador to Israel Huckabee.



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