Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee visits missing Israeli teen’s family

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau shares a personal story with media personality and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who donned a patriotic kippah for the occasion on June 23, 2014. Credit: Itsik Nisim.

( Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visited the family of kidnapped Israeli teen Naftali Frenkel on Sunday immediately after landing in Israel.

“I came here to show solidarity with the Frenkel family. This is a young man who is also an American citizen and I am here not just as an American, but as a father,” Huckabee said, according to Israel Hayom.

The former Republican presidential candidate said Israel and the world should do everything possible to get the three abducted teens back, and that the U.S. would always stand by Israel’s side in such difficult times.

“I think Israelis have every right, and America should be with Israel in saying: You touch that boy, who’s an American citizen, and you will have hell to pay for it. That should be the only message we are sending right now,” Huckabee said.

Posted on June 23, 2014 .