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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Kislev 3, 5770, 11/20/2009

      Embracing Sarah Palin



      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.