In a long open letter to the many new Republican members of Congress at the weekend, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin urged the freshman lawmakers to stick to their principles, including unwavering support for Israel.
Much of the letter focused on domestic policies, in particular taxes and the economy. But Palin did provide counsel on important foreign policy issues like Iran and the Israeli-Arab conflict.
“You can stand with allies like Israel, not criticize them,” stated Palin. “You can let the President know what you believe - Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, not a settlement.”
Palin’s remarks were in reference to the Obama Administration’s adoption of the Arab line that the building of Jewish homes and neighborhoods in Jerusalem is “settlement activity” and an obstacle to peace.
Palin remains one of the popular choices for the Republican Party presidential nomination in 2012.