Palin: Longtime Friend of Israel

Ad Feedback - NEW YORK CITY - In an impromptu meeting in New York Thursday, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin spoke briefly.

Peres was preparing to speak at a conference organized by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

During a brief exchange, Palin told the octogenarian that for years she had wanted to meet him and that Israel's flag hangs in her office along with the American flag.

She said she is a longtime friend of Israel and would always be.

Meanwhile, in an interview with CBS, Palin told Katie Couric that the U.S. should not second guess Israel's right to act against the Iranian nuclear threat.

"Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself," Palin said. "They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them and they need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts," she said.

"It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth," Palin said.

"That's not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those are the good guys," she said.

Palin criticized Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan to dialogue with Ahmadinejad, saying that from her perspective, "he is not one to negotiate with."

"Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around the world who would seek to destroy America…that's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment," Palin said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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