By endorsing an “idiotic” nuclear deal with Tehran, President Obama is essentially marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, bringing Holocaust references to the chorus of Iran critics among US politicians.
“It is so naive that [Obama] would trust the Iranians,” the Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee told Breitbart News on Saturday.
“By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. 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.”
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 26, 2015
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee added.
The “oven doors” fragment was a clear allusion to the gas chambers and ovens of Nazi deaths camps, in which, during the Holocaust, hundreds of thousands of Jews had been slaughtered and their bodies burnt.
The remark sparked a torrent of criticism both online and among the US politicians. The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said that such rhetoric “has no place in American politics,” and urged Huckabee to “apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”
The agreement between Iran and six world powers was reached in Vienna earlier this month. The announcement of the deal’s details triggered furious responses among senior Israeli diplomats, as well criticism from US Republican congressmen.
While the lawmakers criticizing the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran are looking for “some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation,” as Secretary of State John Kerry put it, the US Congress has a deadline to vote on the deal on September 17.