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Archive for March 21st, 2011

AP: Palin stays mostly out of sight for Israel visit

Posted by joshpainter on March 21, 2011

– by Josh Painter
Aron Heller, Associated Press correspondent in Jerusalem, reports that Gov. Palin’s two-day visit to Israel has been anything but a series of photo ops. To the contrary…

Sarah Palin stayed out of sight Monday during her first trip to Israel, dodging paparazzi staking out hotels and holy sites in hopes of getting a glimpse of the former Alaska governor who might run for president.

A visit to Israel, a key U.S. ally, has become almost a rite of passage for potential Republican candidates at a time of strained relations between the U.S. and Israeli governments. Israel is a key American ally in a volatile region and a top concern for Jewish voters and pro-Israel Christian groups in the U.S.


For the most part, however, Palin evaded the waiting press hordes, changing her schedule at the last minute, leaving sites before reporters could catch up with her. While most politicians seek out coverage, Palin is derisive of the media and avoids contact when possible.

Benyamin Korn, director of Jewish Americans for Palin, a grass roots organization advocating for Palin in the Jewish community, said she would not be making any further public statements during her stay. He said she is planning a more substantial visit in the coming months.

Danny Danon, a lawmaker in Netanyahu’s Likud Party, accompanied Palin in the Old City and said he found a very down to earth woman with a deep love for Israel. He said she told him she keeps flags of Israel in her office and home.

Netanyahu has had a rocky relationship with Obama over Israel’s settlement building in the West Bank and the lack of progress in peacemaking. Danon said the Republican candidates’ embrace of Israel offers an alternative to Obama’s combative approach.


Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Aaron Klein: Sarah Palin Has Long Had an Affection for Israel

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 21, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

“They know she loves Israel.”

(h/t Ian)

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Palins and Netanyahus Break Bread Together – Video

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 21, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

The Palins were guests at the Netanyahu residence Monday evening in Israel. Together, they dined.

According to Israel National News:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin concluded her visit to Israel on Monday by visiting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his family. The Palin couple arrived at the Prime Minister’s official residence for a dinner which was defined as personal rather than political and was based on the Israeli cuisine.

Palin, who is known for her uncompromising support for the State of Israel, told Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, that she was received warmly by the Israelis and also told them all about her tour of the country, which included seeing sites in Jerusalem (such as the Kotel) and the Dead Sea. In most places, Palin saw firsthand the atmosphere of the holiday of Purim, and the Netanyahu couple told the potential candidate for President of the United States all about the Book of Esther and the traditions of Purim.

Before leaving, Palin signed the Prime Minister’s residence guestbook and wrote: “Such an amazing country! G-d bless you. May our connection continue to grow and strengthen.”

(h/t Sheya)

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Palin In Israel Means U.S. Jews’ Choice Is Either Dems or Judaism

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on March 21, 2011

Sarah Palin’s visit to Israel  may widen a gap between a traditional constituency of the Democratic Party, Jewish Americans, and President Obama

This is clearly illustrated in the report of her visit by The New York Daily News . Part of the article is descriptive of her visit “in awe” and part is a reprise of the attack on her  “blood libel” comment by the president of the National Democratic Jewish Council.

For anyone to gather from her remarks that Palin is somehow anti-Semitic, or at best insensitive to Jewish history and culture, they would have to be reading the article wearing the most partisan of blinkers. To ascribe either of these two characteristics to Palin, who is pictured ( as above from another report) wearing a large Star of David, leaving a prayer and praying at The Western Wall, who challenges Israelis “not to apologize” they would be suffering from a Jewish version of PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome).

Palin made it very clear she sees Israel as America’s strongest ally and vice versa. She is being escorted by Israeli patriot Likud Chairman Danny Danon, and she and her husband are  scheduled to dine with Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife (also named Sara). So much for Palin being “insensitive to Jews.”

I have written at length that, in the main, traditional Jewish support for the Democrats is based on an outdated attachment to a period of economic and social history and to tales heard at “old country” grandparents’ knees.

The younger generation of American Jews has no connection, on a personal history basis, with the life experiences of the older generation’s life experiences. These generations, going back to the massive wave of Jewish emigration from Russia, experienced settlement poverty and language challenges, trade union battles, the depression, and two wars. All of which produced amongst the Jews, generations of Communists, Socialists, Liberals and FDR Coalitionists. These political leanings were a natural carryover from persecution in their countries of origin.

All of these genuine social group culture imperatives are battles long past. but for many, the “tribal” element remains.This began to break down with such thinkers as Milton Friedman who looked beyond the traditional links to an older Jewish tradition of free market liberalism.

Sarah Palin will increasingly present a conundrum and a difficult challenge for the Jewish community. Socialism is a dead letter-although alive and well in the Democratic Party, the 85-member House “Progressive” caucus, and for affiliated Jews, roughly half of today’s American Jewish community.

Israel and Judaism are the bedrock of modern Jewish existence within the patriotic American framework. Palin is against socialism and strongly in support of Israel and of America’s JudeoChristian heritage.  In this she is starting to gain personal support amongst a new generation of  politically conservative Jews, who strongly defended her “blood libel” comments” such as is found at Jewish Americans For Sarah Palin and Atlas Shrugs and My Right Word .

The adherence to an outdated philosophy is perhaps most strongly held by Jews in the media and Hollywood. This goes far in explaining the seamlessly unceasing attacks on Palin in a campaign of denigration previously unseen in American history, a campaign which has, in large part stemmed from these quarters.
Cetainly there are Jewish intellectuals of note in academia, the law, and other areas of influence. But it is the media which has the widest reach and which carries the Obama administration’s lower level of support for Israel than previous administrations.

The inhabitants of leftist Jewish media should ask themselves these questions. If Israel comes under attack in these uncertain times, who would most strongly support her? Would it be the Democratic Party led by President Obama or would a President Palin more vigorously and unquestionably do everything in her power to ensure the very survival of Israel ?

If the answer is Palin, then it might behoove those Jewish media representatives to seriously reconsider their current antipathy to this true friend of the Jews and to discard outdated prejudices and loyalties.

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Governor Palin with Prime Minister Netanyahu

Posted by Adrienne Ross on March 21, 2011

By Adrienne Ross –

Governor Palin spent her second day in Israel and had dinner with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Monday evening.

Here are a couple pictures retrieved from Zimbio:

(h/t Ron Devito)

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Another legal win for Sarah Palin

Posted by loricalabrese on March 21, 2011

While Sarah Palin headed to India to deliver the keynote address at the India Today Conclave, Sarah Palin’s lawyers continued to handle the seemingly endless legal complaints against the former governor of Alaska that were issued after her vice presidential nomination in 2008.

On Friday, the former governor of Alaska chalked up yet another win as the Alaska Supreme Court issued a ruling clearing Palin and then Alaska Attorney General, Talis Colberg in a lawsuit filed by Ben Latham in November 2008.

As Alaska Dispatch reports, “Latham was found guilty in the 1980s of robbing a grocery store and then stealing a car in the getaway. He pleaded no contest but reserved right to appeal. He was sentenced to eight and a half years, with a year and a half suspended. After getting out and being placed on probation, Latham faced another charge of criminal mischief from the state and his probation was revoked on the basis that he’d violated its terms. In 1994, his probation for the first two charges was extended based on a third charge — and it was that extension that formed the crux of his alleged violation of constitutional rights.”

Ben Latham sued the governor and attorney general for failing to challenge the constitutionality of the 1995 legislation that changed the jurisdiction of the court of appeals, effectively eliminating Latham’s right to appeal his sentence, a right upon which he had relied when entering his plea in 1986.

Latham’s lawsuit was dismissed in superior court and appealed to the Supreme Court. Latham sought compensatory damages amounting to over $100 billion.

However, the Alaska Supreme Court affirmed the superior court’s order dismissing Latham’s current lawsuit on the basis that prior litigation has conclusively established that Latham was not injured by the 1995 law and any decision by Governor Palin, and her appointee Attorney General Colberg, was an act of planning. A decision not to challenge the 1995 law was a high-level policy choice. It was not the execution of “day-to-day” operations of government.


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Palin’s vision for America has much to do with energy

Posted by loricalabrese on March 21, 2011

Those in attendance at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, India caught a glimpse of Sarah Palin’s Vision for America, something Americans might be hearing more of as we get closer to the 2012 presidential election.

After addressing the tragic events that took place in Japan, Palin tackled tough issues such as China’s military rise, free trade, bailouts and the India-U.S. partnership. But it was a topic close to Palin’s heart that the former governor of Alaska returned to in her keynote address–America’s need for energy independence.

Palin stressed that energy is key and her vision for a free and prosperous America has much to do with energy.

“By 2030, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 50% and almost half of that will come from here in India and from China. We all face similar challenges in this arena and this makes America’s quest for energy security all the more crucial as we seek to stabilize our economy, secure our homeland and cooperate with our allies who would also seek peace on earth,” Palin said.

Because some have stymied resource development like responsible domestic oil drilling, Palin explained how hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs won’t be created in the U.S. until we change course, and how Americans will get hit with huge gas prices at the pump unless we change course. Palin also explained how it means we’re continuing to transfer hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars to foreign regimes to purchase energy from them – regimes that don’t have our best interests at heart.

Although Palin said she’s a true believer in environmental conservation, she warned about the expectation that “green jobs” will be the savior.

“…look around the world and try telling that to the thousands of English and Scottish workers who’ve lost jobs as a result of government investments in “green energy” projects,” Palin explained. “A recent UK study shows that for every “green job” created, nearly four jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy due to lack of affordable energy! Same story in Spain – investment in “green jobs” brought massive debt, skyrocketing energy costs and 20% unemployment.”

And just as she’s pushed here in the U.S., Palin explained to those in attendance that there is another option.

Palin said, “Instead of funding non-viable special interest projects, Americans can capitalize on our own viable resources that are just waiting to be tapped – they’re right on our doorstep!  Billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in AK!”

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India Today Releases Text of Palin’s “My Vision of America”

Posted by Ron Devito on March 21, 2011

Sarah Palin, First Female Governor of Alaska (2006-2009), 2008 Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee and Author, delivers the dinner keynote address ‘My vision of America’ at the 10th India Today Conclave in Delhi on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Photo by Vikram Sharma/India Today. Photo retrieved from and courtesy of India Today Conclave 2011

The following transcript retrieved from and courtesy of: India Today Conclave 2011

My Vision of America

India Today Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie’s introduction for Sarah Palin

Good evening.

Ladies & gentlemen,

I have the privilege of introducing to you a Keynote Speaker who has generated extraordinary interest in her own country and ours. Frankly, in the past 10 years of the Conclave, I have not seen such media interest in one of our speakers. There has been a flood of articles, blogs and tweets about her India visit.

Our speaker is a former governor of Alaska and, more importantly, she was the vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party in the last elections in the United States. It was the first time that party endorsed a female candidate for the post.

Her surprise selection as a running mate for Senator McCain transported her from political anonymity to national and international fame. Her presence boosted the Republican challenger’s sagging campaign. Although, not enough to beat the freshman senator from Illinois who mesmerized a nation with the eloquence of a prophet. After the election, conventional wisdom had her fade into obscurity. Instead, she’s become a force to reckon with, in the Republican Party.

This remarkable woman is none other than Governor Sarah Palin.

This is only her third visit overseas. We are honoured that she chose to come to India.

Welcome to India, Governor. And welcome to India Today Conclave.

Governor Palin, you fit perfectly with the theme of our Conclave: The Changing Balance of Power.

You have already changed the balance of power in the conservative politics of America, if not the general politics of the country. You’ve been termed as the sexiest brand in Republican politics. The latest ABC poll has you as one of the frontrunners for the Republican nomination for the 2012 Presidential race.

Ladies and gentlemen, Governor Palin is both a galvanizing and polarizing force in America. If I may say so, either you love her, or hate her.

She touches a chord with an impressive section of America, because of her persona, and her philosophy. She is the straight talking, down to earth, folksy proponent of, as she puts it, a hardworking, patriotic, liberty-loving America.

In 2006, she became the first female Governor of Alaska, on a platform of promising to end what she called the culture of self-dealing.

Of that time, she famously said: “I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over-the-top. I put it on eBay.”

It is said that her appeal lies in that she typifies an American ideal of Middle America. She was a local beauty queen. In high school she was a basketball player – her aggressive play and ferocious defence earned the colourful nickname of ‘Sarah Barracuda’. She is a hunter. She was mayor of a small town before she became the first woman governor of Alaska – and also the youngest.

She married her high school sweetheart, who is himself a template for adventurous Middle America: a commercial fisherman and snowmobile race champion, whom she calls the First Dude.

Strengthening that image, Governor Palin famously said at a campaign fund-raiser: “The best of America is in these small towns and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America.”

In other pockets, though, little as well as large, she was demonized and ridiculed.

Governor Palin has been lampooned by media – which she terms ‘lamestream’ media – for a range of issues from her views on foreign policy and the Obama healthcare plan, to her views on America’s future and, if I may be forgiven for saying so, her creative vocabulary.

I hope, Madam, you will not ‘refudiate’ what I say.

Governor Palin has not allowed criticism to faze her. When the media panned her in 2008, she said: “Here’s a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve this great country.”

She has stuck it out. Sarah Palin is still here and making waves. She surprised everyone by quitting her job as Governor in 2009, and has become a one-woman national media empire.

She is a best-selling author, host of a television show about Alaska, a commentator on Fox News channels. She constantly sends messages on Twitter and Facebook. Her tweets are regularly reproduced as news by TV networks. She has 1.5 million followers on her Facebook page.

She posted recently on her Facebook page: “America is exceptional. It’s not her politicians that make her so. It’s everyday people, and values that Americans hold dear.”

Alongside, she is a force behind the Tea Party movement in America. Governor Palin is a member of an ultra-conservative group which helped to change the balance of power in favour of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives.

Governor Palin, when your critics questioned your suitability for one of the highest political offices of your country, they cited your unfamiliarity with foreign affairs.

They flayed your claim of expertise when you commented that, Russia is your next-door neighbour and you can actually see Russia from Alaska. Some paraphrased that to say, when you opened a window in your home, you saw Russia.

Be that as it may, I hope after this visit, when you open a window at home, you will see India.

I just want to tell you something before I invite you to speak.

We have a tradition of inviting political leaders from America to speak at the Conclave. We have received Al Gore twice. Bill Clinton addressed us once, as did Hillary Clinton.

It so happens they are all Democrats.

As the first Republican speaker at the Conclave, I am sure you’re up to correcting that imbalance.

No pressure.

It is my privilege and pleasure to invite Governor Sarah Palin to give the Concluding Keynote Speech: “My Vision for America.”

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