'Sarah Palin is a Christian, and Christians support Israel'

Tuesday, September 02, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An online video interview with Alaska Governor and Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin that is currently making the rounds appears to put to rest liberal rumors that she is no friend of Israel.

In the interview with Alaska HDTV, an Israeli flag is clearly seen hanging near the window of Palin's office, and the governor even appears to be wearing an Israeli flag lapel pin.

Israel National News blogger Tamar Yonah points out that these appearances by the Israeli flag are made more significant by the fact that the video "was not made by a Jewish organization, nor is [Palin] speaking before a Jewish audience or catering to any Jewish vote."

Hawaii's Jewish governor, Linda Lingle, said in an interview with Ha'aretz that she would not be surprised to learn that Palin is a staunch supporter of the Jewish state since her Alaska counterpart is "a very religious person, and the religious Christians are the greatest supporters of Israel."

When Palin was first announced as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate last week, Florida Representative Robert Wexler (D), who is one of the more vocal attack dogs for the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, tried to draw a link between Palin and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.

According to Wexler, in 1999 Palin openly supported the presidential bid by Buchanan, who has expressed positions bordering on anti-Semitic and has been accused of being a Nazi sympathizer.

Palin herself deflated those claims by pointing out that she was official for the 2000 presidential campaign of Steve Forbes, and only wore a Buchanan pin on single occasion as a courtesy when Buchanan visited Wasilla, Alaska, where Palin was mayor at the time.

But that didn't stop Wexler, who insists that Palin's nomination is a "direct affront to all Jewish Americans."

Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks was left with the opposite impression, telling Politico.com in an email on Tuesday that the fact Palin keeps an Israeli flag on the wall of her office "clearly shows what's in her heart."

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