The dispute over a highly controversial East Jerusalem Israeli settlement project came to a head Tuesday when direct, public statements from France, Russia, Sweden and Britain joined statements made by the United States demanding that all construction be halted. However, now helping to counter these demands, according to Haaretz, is former presidential hopeful and Arkansas governor, and now Fox News commentator, Mike Huckabee, who will broadcast his weekend show from the disputed site. Haaretz's source is a New York state assemblyman, Dov Hikind, who will also be participating in the "solidarity visit" to support the ongoing construction in Sheikh Jarrah, a Palestinian neighborhood.
Hikind, who is active in right-wing Jewish causes, told Haaretz that dozens of U.S. activists will participate in the mission, in order to express their support for the project and the man behind it, Irving Moskowitz.
Israeli media outlets reported Sunday that the United States is demanding a halt to the residential project. Later in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had been surprised by the U.S. demand and that he refused to "cave in" on the matter.