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Palin and Clinton Agree on Settlements

10:02 AM, Nov 18, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Sarah Palin weighs in on settlements:

Barbara Walters: Governor, let's talk about some issues. The Middle East. The Obama administration does not want Israel to build any more settlements on what they consider "Palestinian territory." What is your view on this?

Sarah Palin: I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that, um, the Jewish, uh, settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And, um, I don't think that the Obama administration has any right to tell, um, Israel that, that, uh, the Jewish settlements cannot expand.

Barbara Walters: Even if it's Palestinian areas?

Sarah Palin:I believe that the Jewish settlement should be allowed to expand.

J Street says Palin's comments "reveal a glaring ignorance of damaging facts and a callous disregard of past and present U.S. policy," but isn't Palin just following the administration's lead? Indeed, the Israelis continue to build -- allowing for natural growth -- and at the same time Secretary Clinton has praised the Netanyahu government's "unprecedented" concessions on settlements.