And some stills from the Israeli Government Press Office:
This showed courage on the part of Netanyahu as well as his respect for Governor Palin and gratitude for her strong support for Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports:
“J Street officials, who are in Israel for a meeting of the Knesset Diaspora Affairs Committee, complained on Monday that Netanyahu had refused a request to meet with them but had chosen to meet with Palin.Maybe the Prime Minister knows that Palin represents millions of staunch supporters of Israel which are more important to Israel's survival than the fair weather J Street set.
“The left-wing American lobby’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said he had wanted to meet with Netanyahu ‘to introduce ourselves and explain how we can work together as allies.’
“Ben-Ami wrote in a letter that ‘while the Prime Minister doesn’t have time to meet a movement that now represents over 170,000 pro- Israel, pro-peace supporters, he has time to host Sarah Palin for dinner.’”
Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted a more formal, full blown meeting with Governor Palin. This was to have been a major reception of the kind given to important governmental figures.
"Ahead of the meeting, Netanyahu’s office checked with Palin to see whether they could expand it to a full reception for her with other politicians and aides, but she politely declined.H/T Josh Painter
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"In private conversations, she vowed to return soon – for a full week – and said she would meet with more politicians and the media then."