Embracing Sarah Palin

Michael Freund,

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Michael Freund
Michael Freund served as Deputy Communications Director in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office under Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term of office. He is the Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), a Jerusalem-based organization that searches for and assists the Lost Tribes of Israel and other "hidden Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. In addition, Freund is a correspondent and syndicated columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and authors a popular blog on Middle East affairs, Fundamentally Freund. A native New Yorker, Freund is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia. He has lived in Israel for the past 19 years and remains a loyal New York Mets fan....


What a breath of fresh air and common sense! When in recent years has a leading American public figure made such a bold and supportive statement on behalf of the right of the Jewish people to settle their homeland?
Though she is regularly besmirched and mocked by the Left, former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is proving to be one tough cookie.

In a series of media interviews to promote her new book, Going Rogue, the former Governor of Alaska has been tackling a wide range of subjects, offering timely criticism of the Obama administration's misguided domestic and foreign policies.

But perhaps the bravest comment that she made all week had to do with Israel. Asked by Barbara Walters what she thought of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, here is what Palin had to say:

"I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don't think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand."

What a breath of fresh air and common sense! When in recent years has a leading American public figure made such a bold and supportive statement on behalf of the right of the Jewish people to settle their homeland?

It is time for America's Jews to toss aside their innate liberal leanings, and embrace Sarah Palin as a figure worthy of Jewish support. With her remarks this week, she has more than earned it.