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Palin: Israel is the ‘good guy

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Israel is the “good guy” in the Middle East, Sarah Palin said, repeating her assertion that the United States should not second-guess its Iran strategies.

Alaska Gov. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, was speaking on CBS Thursday in her second foreign policy interview since Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) selected her as his running mate a month ago.

Interviewer Katie Couric pressed Palin on her earlier insistence that the United States should not second-guess Israel even if it were to strike Iran to prevent it from getting a nuclear weapon.

“We shouldn’t second-guess Israel’s security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust,” Palin said. “They are our closest ally in the Middle East and they need us we need them and we shouldn’t second-guess them.”

Palin said the United States would naturally consult with Israel on such matters, but added that it was Israel’s right “to fight against a regime like Iran who would seek to wipe them off the earth.”

She added: “It is obvious to me who are the good guys and who are the bad guys.”

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