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Palin visits Jerusalem, reaching out to Israel's right

Sarah Palin visited Israel in what may have been an attempt to up her foreign policy credentials and build a rapport with Israeli leaders increasingly at odds with Obama.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is escorted by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz (L) and Israeli lawmaker Danny Danon (R) as she leaves the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City March 20. Palin began a private visit to Israel on Sunday, her first to the Jewish state, and planned to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and tour holy sites.

Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

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Following a path tread by many a US presidential hopeful, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is making her first visit to Israel. Today, she toured the Old City of Jerusalem wearing a Star of David necklace before arriving at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence for a private dinner.

Though the visit is being described as private, Ms. Palin's three-day stop on the way home from India could both burnish her thin foreign policy credentials and curry favor with Jewish and evangelical constituencies back home.

After a rocky two years with President Barack Obama's administration, Palin's visit is an opportunity for Netanyahu to size up another prospective Republican candidate for president who is enthusiastically pro-Israel. Last month, the Israeli Prime Minister met with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.


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