To try and help us understand why Sarah Palin was wearing a blinged out Star of David while visiting NYC yesterday, we went to the Jews who love her the most: Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin.
Director Benyamin Korn told Heeb:
Her favorite, I guess you would say philo-semitic, symbol is the pin of the American and Israeli flags, and she has worn that very, very frequently over the past year and a half. I saw her wear that to a pro-life conference in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Korn noted that Palin is “comfortable wearing symbols that express affinity with Israel and the Jewish people.”
But why that big-ass Star of David?
She sees American exceptionalism, the American Constitution…as a Judeo-Christian development. America as a Judeo-Christian nation. This is a familiar trope in Conservative circles, a part of contemporary American conservatism.
But isn’t there a political motive?
I don’t think she seeks to gain anything except as an expression of what she really feels. She’s not pandering to the Jewish vote; most Jews are probably uncomfortable with that level of Jewish identification. This is about what she deeply believes as an American leader.
Korn noted that Palin “has challenged American feminism,” stating that, “We have accomplished everything [it seeks] to accomplish. But at the same time, we are pro-life.”