Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Page Six claims 'Palin off to Holy Land'

"Many dignitaries have extended invitations"
Rumors of Gov. Palin planning a visit to Israel have resurfaced, this time via Cindy Adams on the NY Post's Page Six:
"The journey, transportation, accommodations, schedule, appointments to see VIPs, the faithful who accompany her, are being arranged as we speak. Target date's springtime."
Adams says that the trip to the Holy Land will happen before the end of April and that "many dignitaries have extended invitations." The columnist speculates that Israel "might even be the first of many international visits."

There was considerable buzz early in December about a possible visit to Israel by the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, but Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour said then that Gov. Palin had no firm plans that she would announce at the time for either an Israel or UK trip. The wording of that statement certainly didn't preclude the possibility of steps being taken to arrange such a journey.

Back in August, 2008, Politico's Ben Smith reported that the governor had discussed a possible visit to Israel with some of her Jewish supporters in Alaska, including businessman Terry Gorlick, whom Smith quoted as saying that Gov. Palin was committed to visiting Israel at some future date.

- JP

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