Sarah Palin Heads To the Holy Land

Mar 17, 2011 10:31am

UPDATE:

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Palin said, “I'm thankful to be able to travel to Israel on my way back to the U.S.,” Governor Palin said.  “As the world confronts sweeping changes and new realities, I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the key issues facing his country, our ally Israel.”

ORIGINAL POST:

ABC News' John Berman, Alex Marquardt and Ann Compton report:

Sarah Palin is making her first visit to the Holy Land.  The former Alaska governor will stop there following a trip to India, where she is visiting for a speech on Saturday.  Palin’s trip to Israel follows a parade of Republican presidential hopefuls including Mitt Romney in January, and more recently Mike Huckabee. 

While in Israel, Palin is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who often hosts high profile American politicians.  An official in his office said, "the Prime Minister knows the importance of the US political system."

Palin, who arrived in India on Wednesday, will  speak to the “India Today Conclave,” an annual public policy forum.

In a press release from the organization, Palin said, “I'm very excited to visit India. Americans have a great respect for the world's largest democracy," adding, "India and the United States are partners in trade and business affairs, and working together our two nations can build a more peaceful and prosperous world."

Palin’s speech will deliver the concluding address at the event; with an talk entitled, “My Vision of America.”

Palin has traveled to Hong Kong and Haiti since stepping down as Alaska’s governor in 2009.

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