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article imageSarah Palin visits Israel under speculation of presidential run

By Michael Krebs     Mar 21, 2011 in Politics
Coming from a stint in India where she claimed the need for a female US president, Sarah Palin visited Israel on Monday, reaching out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, actions that appeared to signal a 2012 presidential bid.
Political prognosticators anticipating a run by Sarah Palin for the White House in 2012 were likely feeling confident of their projections on Monday, as Ms. Palin visited Israel and dined with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While Palin's decision is probably not as difficult to forecast as the outcomes in the NCAA college basketball tournament this March, she has yet to make a public announcement.
However, during her visit to India over the weekend, Palin said that it was time for the United States to have a female president residing in the White House, according to Fox News. A transcript of Palin's discussion in India can be found here.
While the trip to Israel was billed by the Palin camp as a "private visit," the dinner with Netanyahu at his residence in Jerusalem appeared to speak otherwise. AFP reported that the media was not invited to attend the meeting, but the Israeli government did release a picture of Netanyahu and Palin standing before their respective flags.
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Sarah Palin introduced as John McCain's Vice Presidential candidate.
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Sarah Palin is a favorite among many Conservative Republicans, and she is considered by some to be a lead voice for the Tea Party movement.
Fox News notes that visits to Israel are almost a right of passage among Republican candidates vying for a White House opportunity.
"Palin's two-day private visit follows similar stops by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, all potential candidates for president in 2012," Fox News reported on Monday.
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