JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin accused President Barack Obama of kowtowing to Russia and China and selling out America's allies, such as Israel.
"Do they think, really, that we're getting anything in return for all this bowing and kowtowing and apologizing?" Palin asked participants at a gathering in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, organized by a Norfolk talk radio station. "No. We don't get anything positive in return for this," she said.
"So while President Obama is getting pushed around by the likes of Russia and China, our allies are left to wonder about the value of an alliance with our country anymore. They're asking what it is worth," Palin said, citing congressional cuts in military allocations while simultaneously spending trillions in new deficits.
During his remarks, former Virginia Sen. George Allen called the Democratic majority in Congress "sanctimonious, pompous social engineers…spending on someone else's credit card…."
Allen too decried Obama's apologies for America's military strength.
"We don't need to apologize as Americans," Allen said. "Americans throughout history have liberated more people than any other country on earth, including the liberation of my mother from the Nazis," he said of his Jewish mother, Etty.
Palin was quick to defend Israel's response to pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara on May 31.
"Far too many in the media and in various governments rush to condemn Israel," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "We must put the recent events off Israel's coast into the right perspective. This "relief" convoy was not about humanitarian aid, as the liberal mainstream media keeps reporting," she wrote.
"The whole operation was designed to provoke Israel, not to provide supplies to Palestinians held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Anyone who sees the video of Israeli commandos being attacked as they land on that ship knows the people aboard were vicious thugs, not "peace activists." The media insults our intelligence with their outright mischaracterization of who these enemies are," Palin said.
"We can only hope the Obama administration does not join the anti-Israel chorus in the aftermath of this staged confrontation. Please, Mr. President, we need to let Israelis know we stand with them in their fight against terrorists and those who arm and support them. American and her ally, Israel, stand by waiting for your response," Palin wrote.
YNet news contributed to this report.