March 31st, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Palin: 'Second Holocaust' if Iran gains nuclear weapons

Just minutes after the clock expired on the first day of the Jewish holy day of Passover, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin issued a biting critique of the Obama administration's Middle-East policy via her Facebook page.

In a post entitled "Peace Not Possible if Iran Escapes Real Sanctions," Palin accuses President Obama of dropping the pursuit of "crippling" sanctions against Iran and treating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like an "unwelcome guest" during a recent visit to Washington.

"[J]ust as the Obama administration inexplicably gives up on imposing crippling sanctions on Iran, it's taken an uncompromising hard line against one country in the Middle East: Israel," Palin writes. "On his recent visit to Washington, the Israeli Prime Minister was treated like an unwelcome guest, as shown by White House actions such as refusing to be photographed with Israel's Prime Minister."

Palin argues that the Obama administration's actions have failed to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and that more than one year into Obama's presidency, his administration has made "no progress" on sanctions.

"The Obama administration has their priorities exactly backwards; we should be working with our friend and democratic ally to stop Iran's nuclear program, not throwing in the towel on sanctions while treating Israel like an enemy."

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  1. wbn

    The Governor is right. A huge flaw in liberal thinking is that fanatical regimes can be reasoned with or even transformed by kindness. As Saddam Hussein showed with his 17 (of whatever!) violations of UN warnings, dictatorships (N. Korea) or fanatical religious regimes (Iran) only respond to firmness and containment. Iran would really seek to annihilate Israel, if possible. If "the Palestinians" were really the issue, the 100-million Arabs that surround Israel in several countries would adopt the few Palestinians in or near Israel; the actual fact is that the hapless Palestinians are being used by radical Arabs to establish a "reason" for genocide against the Jews.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Erika

    She lost the right to talk about policy after it took her six years to get a BA degree from state school (while looking at Russia from her border).

    March 31, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Henry Flynn

    I respect, a great deal, what Mrs Palin says, but in this case, I don't think there is much to worry about, because I believe that Isreal will take the needed action to knock out Iran's nucs. I know Obama will do nothing about them because, contrary to common belief, he is pro Iran and not Isreal, so isreal will have to take action. Sanctions will never work on Iran. I know. Obama thinks he can talk anybody into anything. That's just plain nieve to think that way, in fact, it is irrational. If Isreal does not take the action needed, she will be ,absolutely, correct!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. HANK

    UNLESS the US politicians stop the in fighting and work together the US will fall.
    Palin and the TEA Party just do not get it. Tearing down every Democratic idea is counterproductive and will just make our enemies stronger.

    WHY not bring in new ideas or improve the existing ideas?

    I have been in engineering my entire life and if we did not use TEAM work.. nothing would have been built.

    Palin is a QUITER – she did not want to stay and help Alaska as Govenor – how is anything she is saying even printed....

    The WORLD has been at WAR since Cain and Able...

    March 31, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    What a sad, sad state of affairs when Palin is looked up to as a foreign policy expert – YIKES!!!!

    The USA and Israel together with the western media are using lies and propaganda to paint Ahmadinejad as a threat in order to brainwash international public opinion and justify an attack on Iran.

    This is exactly what they did to Iraq.

    The portrayal of Ahmadinejad wanting to wipe Israel off the map is nothing but a sick propaganda campaign to demonize him in the eyes of public opinion.

    The entire world knows that it is Israel which is wiping Palestine off the map, but sadly, the so called democratic countries such as Uk, USA, France, Germany etc, have kept their silence and LET the criminal leaders of Israel slaughter innocent and defenceless Palestinian women and children with inhumane weapons and get away with murder. All this with the support of the USA and our pandering, groveling Congress.

    Hisotry will be the ultimate judge, and the US support for Israel's war crimes and brutatlity will not be looked kindly upon.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Mary Pat Jordan

    I don't want to hear Sarah Palin talk about the Middle East. It's unlikely she could even locate Iran on a map.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Crystal

    I disagree with these comments,Iran has full rights to a nuclear energy program.Iran suspended enrichment for two years and got nothing.I don't why people expect Iran to do as everyone says,and allow others to walk all over it.Iran has full rights,and has signed more protocols than any other country.Irsn has been inspected more than any country.It is simply sad and amazing that reading these comments,it shows Americans are easily swayed by public opinion.Remember Iraq,whatever happened to the nuclear weapons the right wing George Bush said existed?Iran should not be sanctioned,and there will be no war.People have predicted war against Iran for several years,no war wil occur,because the results will be deadly.
    Btw WBN your comment is flawed,you seriously expect Palestinians to live in other Arab countries and take citizenship?!My God I am amazed by your logic!Palestinians have every right to live in historic Palestine which is their homeland,why would they want to live elsewhere in Middle East?Seriously I am amazed by the logic of many people,.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. littlebirdie44

    The day our President starts to take POLICY advice from Sarah Palin, is the day that I move to Iran. How do any of us know exactly what is going on behind the scenes in regard to Iran and/or Isarael? As far as the treatment of the Prime Minister on his recent visit, have we forgotten how our Vice President was dissed while in Israel?? They announced new settlements to be built while VP Biden was speaking about our great relationship. As far as sanctions go, it's my understanding that the President IS PRESSING for tough sanctions but we have China getting in the way of that little gem. I'll be very, very, very glad when the media gets over this infactuation with Palin. She brings nothing to the table. NOTHING.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. R Pittman

    Palin's remarks concerning the Middle-East policy are comical. Her accusations concerning the Israeli visit are neither valid nor justifiable. Actually, I find her remarks very narrow minded, go figure. BTW…did she receive an invite to attend? Were her expertise warranted at the time of the visit. I do not think so. Let’s face it; the Middle-East crisis has not been and will not resolvable in the near or distant future, which is unfortunate.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eli

    I think this might be the most offensive thing she has ever said... and that is saying a lot. The Holocaust should not be used for partisan games. It was real, horrible, and not remotely close to anything that is going on today. Sarah Palin probably does not know much about the Holocaust, otherwise she probably would not trivialize it in this way. This idiot and her followers love to use Nazi imagery in their speeches and protests, it is sickening. A lot of us lost family in the Holocaust or grew up hearing the stories from survivors. I am offended as a Jew, as an American, as student of history, and as a human being. She should be condemned for this irresponsible and ignorant statement.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Really Erika? Our right to free speech is determined by how long it took for us to earn an undergraduate degree? Where is that in the Bill of Rights?

    March 31, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bill payne

    We continue to believe that settlement with Iran is the best idea.

    Iran, the US, and most of the world needs additional electricity.

    We all appear to have a problem with increased electricity usage, costs and possible future shortages.

    Bombing Iran's nuclear generation electricity facility may make matters worse.

    Like WWIII?

    March 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    I agree with Eli that Sarah Palin should be condemned for this "irresponsible and ignorant" statement. It is quite clear she gives not a hang for genuine peace in the Middle East and is so reckless and callous as to goad her crazed followers into demanding war with Iran. At first glance one might think she is trying to demonstrate her foreign policy credentials by this, but great guffaws are the only reasonable response to that. It is clearly an intent, though, to cast doubt and stir fear regarding the President's foreign policy path no matter the dire consequences. And for what? So Palin will get headlines for her malevolent words, more time on the talk shows, more support from the crazies, and ultimately another chance to play victim when people such as I am express our utter rage and contempt.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miles

    I think Sarah Palin should be considered one of the world's most dangerous 'terrorists'. I'm tired of hearing about this "wiping off the map" misconception and going to unnecessary extremes to then accuse someone of being in a position to initiate a 'second holocaust'. The whole "wiping off the map thing "was caused by an improper of Persian to English, and the media has run with it, ignoring the fact that several scholars have tried to correct the public's misconception of the original statement. This is solely propaganda to incite fear in the American people in order to better her political standing for her (most probable) run at the White House in 2012. Siding unequivocally with one side of the party will not allow the U.S. to serve as an effective mediator in any future negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. I am immensely afraid of her influence on the citizens of this country, given her poor resume and lack of education or experience in anything related to international affairs, much less domestic ones.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Karen in Michigan

    I agree with Palin, I can't believe the way the Prime Minister to Israel was treated even considering what happened during VP Biden's last trip to Israel. I think it's odd instead of being concerned about our friend Israel, many of the comments are concentrated on ridiculing Palin and forgetting the importance of backing our allies.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
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