AP Interview: Republican presidential hopeful Huckabee vows to shake up US Mideast policies

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is vowing to abandon key American policies if he is elected next year, endorsing positions that would put the U.S. at odds with its closest allies.

Huckabee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that he considers the West Bank to be part of Israel. That would rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state — the cornerstone of years of U.S.-led peace efforts.

Huckabee also said he would withdraw from the recent U.S.-led international nuclear agreement with Iran. Huckabee says Iran cannot be trusted and that sanctions should remain in place until Iran abandons its nuclear program, recognizes Israel's right to exist and halts calls for America's destruction.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, is among 17 Republicans seeking the party's nomination.