Palin: Israel Should Stop Apologizing

By Chris Good

Sarah Palin is on a two-day trip to Israel, and she told her hosts there that Israel is too apologetic. From the Jerusalem Post:

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. ...

"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.

Apology has been a foreign-policy theme on the right since spring 2009, when President Obama's critics accused him of going on a "World Apology Tour" in his first round of international trips as president. Mitt Romney's 2010 book, "No Apology: The Case for American Greatness," played to that concept.

Palin seems to have implicitly criticized the Obama posture on Israel. The administration has quite publicly pressured Israel to cease new settlement construction and accused it of undermining peace talks; Palin, meanwhile, has suggested Israel doesn't need to change.

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