March 31st, 2010
02:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin warns of 'Second Holocaust' if Iran gains nuclear weapons

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

Washington (CNN) – Just minutes after the clock expired on the first 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."

Palin warns that the consequences of a nuclear Iran would be devastating for Israel.

"Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and with nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them, the mullahs would be in a position to launch a Second Holocaust," Palin writes.

"We foresee a regional nuclear arms race beginning as other countries seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves from Iran. Nuclear non-proliferation efforts would be over," she added.

Last week, President Obama met at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting that was closed to the press. Netanyahu also met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden during his trip to Washington.

The Israeli leader met with administration officials after a show of solidarity with leaders of Congress from both parties, during which he thanked the U.S. lawmakers for their "constant support" and "unflagging" friendship.

Netanyahu's visit came amid a row over Israel's decision to build new Jewish housing on disputed land in East Jerusalem.


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  1. Jim

    We need Katie Couric to ask Mrs. Palin to explain her understanding of the League of Nations mandate of 1919 where Great Britain was given control of Palestine. She could also ask her about the 1948 UN partition agreement put in place when the British bailed. A final question could probe Mrs. Palin’s understanding of the impact that the 1967 seizure by Israel of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip has on the whole Middle East problem. Does she know that Netanyahu represents the most rightwing and uncompromising part of Israeli politics? Does she know that new settlements on conquered land is a source of conflict? Has she ever heard of nuclear deterrence? Is she familiar with E.H. Carr’s and Morgenthau’s realist school of international relations? There is more to foreign policy than threats and guns. Empathy and historical understanding can also work. But that takes study and understanding.

    March 31, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Worried

    I really have to say that the US is in great danger if they listen to a word this woman says. Does she understand the things that she says or she repeat things from someone else. Honestly Americans is she the leader that you want. One that just says anything but really is saying absolutely nothing

    March 31, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Bill

    Who cares what this woman thinks?

    March 31, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Ron

    At one time I respected John McCain. But now I wonder if he lies awake at night worrying about the consequences of elevating Palin to the level that she can spew her unfounded opinions and the press pays attention? But I guess not. He has lost all credibility.

    March 31, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Please Make Her Stop Yapping

    Palin continues to show off her unflagging ineptitude concerning matters of state and warns us just how close we came to having a clown in the White House.

    While the Administration concludes successful nuclear non-proliferation negotiations with Russia intended to aid in putting real political pressure on Iran, she is shrieking about a missed photo op.

    I expect the "we" she is referring to when predicting a second Holocaust is either herself and the Returning Jesus, or just whatever cynically opportunistic Republican politicos nudged her into making garbage up for them.

    March 31, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. J

    It is so disturbing and frustrating for me as a conscious political observer, to continue to see these negative scare tactics continuing from this woman and her team.
    Statements such as "treating Israel like an enemy" and "launch a Second Holocaust" are damaging, offensive, and completely off base. The fact that she can even state that such a thing as a "Second Holocaust" would or could ever be permitted to happen is as ignorant as some views that insist their wasn't even a "first" Holocaust.
    This woman is not doing anything productive for the country or the world we live in.

    March 31, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. eric

    First of all, Sarah, you obviously know very little about the Holocaust, or you would recognize the fact that Jews during WWII were not armed to defend themselves (most), whereas today, the State of Israel is the most well armed country in the Middle East. Secondly, don't use the Holocaust to further your bitterness towards the Obama administration. I don't understand how you've gotten such an ignorant mass of 'groupies' to follow you. I really don't.

    March 31, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. R. Davis

    "We foresee a regional nuclear arms race beginning as other countries seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves from Iran. Nuclear non-proliferation efforts would be over," she added.

    The countries Iran would conceivably fire at already have nuclear weapons, and as for setting them off for a "second holocaust," this seems unlikely since it would spell out the end of Iran as well. Then there is her issues with sanctions which she forgets is from the UN, not the US, and so other countries are required to sign on. I don't recall Bush doing much better.

    March 31, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. nate

    Did Obama and Sarkozy not come out yesterday and publicly chastize Iran for their nuclear ambitions. I believe they were calling for harder sanctions by the end of the spring, “We think that we can get sanctions within weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters after meeting at the White House with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, who has been pressing for an aggressive approach to Iran.

    What is she talking about?

    Sarah, do you even understand what you are talking about before you read to Bristol the script your assistant writes on your palm, who inturn translates it into coherent english on your facebook??!!!

    March 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Bonnie / Atlanta

    Once again the world observes Sarah Palin not having her facts correct..
    Nor understands International Military n Foreign policies.

    March 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    not much to argue with here

    March 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Richie

    This woman needs to be locked up for inciting violence.

    March 31, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Linda, Phoenix, Arizona

    Shut the heck up! Your opinions are so uneducated and untrue and you try to incite people to hate every day. You are an idiot who embarrasses this great nation !

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Dave

    Ah – advice from our mid-east policy expert – I bet she can see Iran from her house!

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Joseph B

    Oh how cute! Sarah is pretending to know something about foreign policy! Good that she is starting with a simple statement: If Iran has nuclear weapons, that is bad for their biggest enemy of Israel. Way to go out on a limb Sarah!!

    March 31, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Eric

    Sarah Palin and her inflammatory rhetoric are to be blamed for some of the great division in this country. She is no friend to Israel or the Jewish people. I doubt she could find Israel on a map.

    March 31, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. Lynne in CA

    Sarah, go back to your moose hot dogs, your foreign policy credentials are nonexistent.

    March 31, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. opticecho

    What a moron! She needs to quit this whole public relations deal as fast as she quit being governor of Alaska. Does anyone really take her seriously? She's doing nothing to help this country, only hurt it ...

    March 31, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Dixie

    Dear News Editors of CNN,
    Please quit printing this woman's comments. She has no brain of her own, so her ideas must generate from the GOP itself.
    Sanctions will not deter Iran. What does "Mrs. Boop" propose after that? Another war?

    March 31, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    You know, CNN, sharing Palin's scare tactics and hateful rhetoric, not to mention her reload and crosshairs trash is just you assisting her in spreading her toxic (seditious?) propaganda and dividing us further. Thanks for that.

    How about Palin leaving Alaska with highest debt-to-GDP in the U.S., 70% of it’s GDP? Now that's political news we could use.

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. TxLostWolf

    She's an idiot.

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Bill in Austin

    And her foreign relations bona fides would be what? Kind of like a kindergartner lecturing a college professor-no disrepect to the kindergartner intended.

    If you want to criticize a particular subject, then you should have some knowledge, insight, or experience in it. And once again, her's would be exactly what?

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Oscar Fernandez

    Yet, this Palin statement completely ignores Israel's decision to build 1,600 new apartments for Jews only in East Jerusalem, in defiance of the international community’s prohibition against building settlements on illegally occupied land. These 1,600 units add to the thousands of Jewish-only homes already constructed in East Jerusalem and to the fortress-like settlements in the West Bank. What is Sarah Palin's position on the Palestinians?

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Angel

    Wow... Typical Republican. The Fear Factor.

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. max

    We knew that foreign policy was not Palin forte, but once again she has to give her simplistic opinion. For her info:
    Iran "might" produce a nuclear weapon soon. Israel has over 200 nuclear warhead pointed on Iran. Who should fear a new Holocaust ?

    March 31, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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