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March 22, 2011

Sarah and Todd Palin Visit Israel


Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu March 21, 2011 in Jerusalem, Israel.


The Palins visit the Netanyahus



Palin promises to come back for a week (Bibi refused to meet liberal group; chose Palin)

Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post

Ahead of the meeting, Netanyahu’s office checked with Palin to see whether they could expand it to a full reception for her with other politicians and aides, but she politely declined.

In an effort to keep her visit as private as possible, Palin also declined all requests for interviews and did her best to avoid the media as she toured the Mount of Olives and Christian sites in Jerusalem on Monday.

Palin and her husband Todd arrived for a two-day visit on Sunday afternoon and toured the Western Wall and its adjacent tunnels. They will visit the Old City again on Monday, tour Gesthsemane and the Mount of Olives, and have dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at their official residence in Jerusalem.

In private conversations, she vowed to return soon – for a full week – and said she would meet with more politicians and the media then.

J Street officials, who are in Israel for a meeting of the Knesset Diaspora Affairs Committee, complained on Monday that Netanyahu had refused a request to meet with them but had chosen to meet with Palin.

The left-wing American lobby’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said he had wanted to meet with Netanyahu “to introduce ourselves and explain how we can work together as allies.”

Ben-Ami wrote in a letter that “while the Prime Minister doesn’t have time to meet a movement that now represents over 170,000 pro- Israel, pro-peace supporters, he has time to host Sarah Palin for dinner.”

World Likud chairman and Likud MK Danny Danon and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz served as Palin’s tour guides on Sunday night. Palin was told that Jews were not allowed to pray openly on the Temple Mount and about the Arab riots that accompanied Netanyahu’s decision to authorize the creation of an exit from the Western Wall tunnels in 1996.

“Why are you apologizing all the time?” Palin asked her guides.

Palin expressed regret that she would not be able to visit Nazareth or Bethlehem during her brief stay in Israel, but promised that she would soon come back for longer.

“It’s overwhelming to be able to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith,” Palin told reporters upon exiting the tunnels. “I’m so thankful to be able to be here, and I’m thankful to know the Israel-American connection will grow and strengthen as the peace negotiations continue.”

Rabinowitz said that Palin prayed at the point closest to the Holy of Holies and left a note with a personal prayer. Unlike the incident that occurred when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the Western Wall in July 2008, nobody removed her note from the Wall and gave it to the press.

“She said that she absolutely supports Israel and that America is the biggest friend that Israel has,” Rabinowitz said.

When Rabinowitz shared the story of Purim with Palin, she told him it was especially meaningful to be at the Kotel on Purim.

Danon said that Palin’s visit to the Western Wall Tunnels was very exciting.

“She really connected to the story of the Jewish nation,” Danon said. “She knows the material but there’s nothing like standing in front of those big stones and hearing about the connection. I know that she loves Israel, and after a visit like this, she has a personal connection to the Western Wall.”

He called upon Obama to make his first visit to Israel as president as soon as possible.

Palin, who was wearing a large Star of David, told Danon that she had flags of Israel “on my desk, in my home, all over the place” and that she would carry around a flag she bought in Israel.

“She didn’t go into diplomatic issues, but I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holy sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they’re not right,” Danon said.


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Wild Thing's comment.......

God bless Sarah, she lets her light shine. Our Country is desperately in need of someone of her patriotic character.

I saw the pics of Bibi with Huck and with Mitt. They looked like they were taken in a government office somewhere - not at Bibi's home.

The left-wing American lobby’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said he had wanted to meet with Netanyahu “to introduce ourselves and explain how we can work together as allies.”
"Ben-Ami wrote in a letter that “while the Prime Minister doesn’t have time to meet a movement that now represents over 170,000 pro- Israel, pro-peace supporters, he has time to host Sarah Palin for dinner.”

The Lefties will not fool Bibi for a second.

Sarah’s a class act. She’s smart and lives by the values that made America great. How dare the scum who are behind J Street suggesting that they are affiliated with Jews or Israel. They are enemies within of Israel and the Jewish people. JStreet is an Arabist front group bankrolled by George Soros. All that used to be secret. It is secret no more. Ben Ami is a traitor and it amazes me that he thinks he can still fool anybody.

The U.S. needs a president. Sarah fits the bill.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 22, 2011 04:50 AM


Great post.

Wonderful pictures of the Netanyahus and Palins.

Good way to start my day.

Thank you.

Posted by: Carlos at March 22, 2011 08:32 AM

Sarah and Bibi remind me of the Reagan and Thatcher combo. All four known for their patriotism and steadfastness.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at March 22, 2011 10:33 AM

Ben and Sarah - two blessed and wonderful human beings and patriots!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 22, 2011 11:12 AM

We needed a President in 2008. I am trying to figure out how the Republicans could restructure to bring the cream to the top before the elections. We certainly have quality but even Reagan had to fight two election primaries in 1976 and 1980 to get his shot.

Posted by: Avitar at March 22, 2011 12:38 PM

A representative of the real America. She's rebuilding the bridges that Barack and Hillary are trying to destroy. Bibi sees through the phoniness of Washington politicians and knows this person is genuine.

Posted by: Jim at March 22, 2011 03:48 PM

I've been dissappointed in Netanyahu. He is being pushed around by a usurper and not pushing back. Maybe now with two new enemies on the way, Egypt and Lybia. Maybe now, he will get it togehter. The MB has one goal to destroy Israel.

Posted by: Mark at March 22, 2011 04:07 PM

Oh the Israelis should love Sarah, in Hebrew Sarah mean Princess.

Posted by: Mark at March 22, 2011 04:10 PM

Jews are impressed by Ms. Palins love of Israel.

Posted by: Ron at March 23, 2011 01:18 AM

Thank you everyone so very much.

Mark, I know what you mean. He has been way too polite with obama, one can see in BiBi's face how disgusted he is when they are together. I loved how Sarah told him to stop apologizing. I think she meant go for it BiBi, we support you not obama and will be proud of you to tell him to go pound sand. giggle I would love to hear that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 23, 2011 04:47 AM