Sarah Palin is making her first visit to Israel, touring the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday while wearing a Star of David necklace before arriving for a private dinner at the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While visiting the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site, the former Alaska governor reportedly asked her Israeli hosts, "Why are you apologizing all the time?"
According to the Jerusalem Post, Palin had been told by her guides, World Likud chairman Danny Danon and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, that Jews were not allowed to pray openly on the Temple Mount.
Palin is an outspoken supporter of Israel. According to the Post, she told Danon that she had flags of Israel “on my desk, in my home, all over the place."
Danond said: “She didn’t go into diplomatic issues, but I can clearly say from the questions she asked in relation to our conflict here with the Muslims in these holy sites that she knows that we are right and that the Muslims are just claiming things for provocation and they’re not right.”
Palin has often criticized the Obama administration for what she terms its unfair treatment of the Jewish State.
"As Israel makes concessions [and is still criticized by the Obama Administration], Arab leaders are just sitting back waiting for the White House to further pressure Israel. The Obama Administration needs to open its eyes and recognize that it is only Iran and her terrorist allies that benefit from this manufactured Israeli controversy," she said in a Facebook post last year.
Many past U.S. presidential candidates have made the requisite pilgrimage to Israel in advance of a bid for the nation's highest political office, writes Janine Zacharia in the Washington Post.
In an paid appearance before business leaders and politicians in New Delhi on Saturday, the GOP 2008 presidential candidate slammed the Obama administration for "dithering" in its approach to the upheaval in Libya. At around the same time, U.S. forces led an allied assault on the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi — the biggest intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 Iraq invasion.
Were she president, Palin said in response to a question, "there would have been more decisiveness, more commitment to those that are freedom fighters" in Libya, CNN reported.