Sarah Palin met with pro-Israel lobbyists to express her support for U.S.-Israel ties.
McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb said Palin spoke about “the relationship between Israel and American national security, and the threats to Israel from Iran and others.”
“She was extremely well received,” Goldfarb said, noting that Palin was interrupted by applause twice.
AIPAC also praised the meeting.
Palin, joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman expressed her “heartfelt support for Israel” and spoke of the threats it faces from Iran and others, the campaign official said.
Evidence of nervousness in the McCain campaign about Palin’s impact on Jewish voters and donors was made clear when the Likudist Republican Jewish Coalition circulated a video of her Alaska office in which it found a small Israeli flag, in the words of Politico, “poking out from behind a drape.”
“I think it speaks volumes that she keeps an Israeli flag on the wall of her office,” RJC’s executive director, Matt Brooks, told Politico in an e-mail. “It clearly shows what’s in her heart.” Politico’s analysis is well worth reading. As I noted Friday, a Nexis search of the two years previous to her selection as McCain’s running-mate failed to find a single published article in which Palin ever mentioned Israel. I suspect it may make it into her acceptance speech Wednesday night.
Irancove @ September 2, 2008