Monday, May 22, 2017

Sarah Palin Going Squishy on Israel Because Trump

Sarah Palin's Twitter page photo
Certainly is historic. The first time a U.S. President has refused to meet with an Israeli Prime Minister while visiting the Western Wall in the country's capital, Jerusalem.

And not a word from Governor Palin about Trump's Secretary of State refusing to say the Western Wall (and East Jerusalem) is a part of Israel. Not to mention Secretary Tillerson saying Tel Aviv was the home of Judaism!

When Palin visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall in 2011, she seemed to think it was in Israel.
"Israel is absolutely beautiful and it is overwhelming to see and touch the cornerstone of our faith and I am so grateful to get to be here," Palin told reporters.
Now under President Trump, apparently the U.S. position on whether East Jerusalem is a part of Israel is not important to her. Trump refused to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Western Wall because, according to the "US delegation", it was a "private" visit and a "senior American offical" said what happened when Trump was there wasn't Israeli business because the Western Wall isn't part of Israel's territory. It's a part of the West Bank.
The US delegation reportedly rejected the request for Netanyahu to join the visit, saying it would be “a private visit” by the president and that he would go on his own. The Israelis then asked whether a TV crew providing live coverage of the Trump visit could at least continue to film here there.
At this point, the TV report said, a senior American official rudely responded: “What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the West Bank.”
One assumes in light of Secretary Tillerson's comments that the "American official" wasn't "going rogue". One would think in view of Palin's past very public support for Israel that she would call for Tillerson's chastisement. But, no. For Palin if Obama and his secretary of state say such things they are bad. If Trump and his secretary of state say the same things they are okay. No news here. Just walk on by.

Poor Netanyahu can't say anything negative about Trump or Tillerson just as he couldn't about Obama, Clinton and Kerry because of all the U.S. defense help for Israel that the President can impede. May the Lord see and repay.

[Note: I try not to blog about Palin because her positions change depending on whether her candidate does it or someone she opposes politically does it. But, some things are just too hard to ignore.]


MAX Redline said...

He may not be as bad as Barry was on Israel, but it'd be nice if Trump could at least be consistent.

T. D. said...

Yes, Trump is better than Obama, Clinton and Kerry. But, such a low bar. Sigh.

And yes, Trump does swing back and forth. Against climate change, then believing in it, now apparently not so much.

However, I expected that of Trump. He has no real principles. Thus, it's unfair to expect him to follow through on anything. So, when he does it's gravy.

What galls me is those people who seemed so adamant on certain issues--issues important to me. But turns out they were not really invested in those issues. That's why when Trump copies Obama, et. al., not a word from them. Gag.

MAX Redline said...

All in all, I thought he did pretty well on the overseas trip, which surprised me. And unlike his predecessor, he didn't bow all over the place.

T. D. said...

Well, Trump did say he wasn't going to impose our way of life on others or tell people how to live or what to do. Though he did say he wanted them to practice tolerance and respect for all faiths (which would be a major change to our way of thinking for Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries). His messages clashed though I don't think he understands the meaning of his words.

But, then, as I said, I don't think Trump has any principles. So, any positive things are gravy. It's funny that Obama apologized and bowed but was miffed when people didn't agree with him and do what he wanted.

MAX Redline said...

Miffed? He set the NSA and CIA on them. Give Trump credit for some follow-through, though; he said he was going to enforce immigration laws with an emphasis on criminal behavior, and the politicians in El Salvador are in a panic because the USA has deported 650 MS-13 gangsters back home in just 5 months.

T. D. said...

You're right, Max. Trump has done some good things. I need to give him more credit.

T. D. said...

Here's my dilemma, Max. Just as I make a resolution to give Trump credit for good things, he promotes what I've been against all my life.

Trump: "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!"

Federal money and intervention in healthcare and in education has been the major driver of increasing costs.

If I start praising him for some things, unlike Sarah Palin, I will have to criticize for other things. He is such a horrible mixed bag.