Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin conceded today, that when it comes to foreign policy, Governor Palin is “pretty much on the money.”
In November 2009, Sarah Palin made news with a comment on Israel in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters:
“I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, 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.”
Well, I suppose one can quibble about the definition of “flocking.” But today we learn:
The Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday that aliyah to Israel had grown in 2010. According to CBS statistics, there were 14% more immigrants to Israel in 2010 than in 2009, for a total of 16,633 immigrants. Most of the immigrants came from Russia and the U.S., the CBS said.
There is plenty of room to debate the settlements and the eventual disposition of Judea and Samaria. But the assumption by so many elites that whatever Palin says must be daft and ignorant is a faulty one. Actually, when it comes to foreign policy she’s been pretty much on the money (e.g. support for the Green Movement, criticism of Obama’s human rights policy). On Libya, for example, her statement is in sync with informed Middle East gurus.