Palin meets in Virginia with Israeli ambassador

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- Campaigning in Virginia, Sarah Palin is warning that Democrats would raise taxes and "punish hard work."

She's urging voters in Virginia to vote as they have for more than four decades in presidential contests, and choose the Republican ticket.

Her visit to northern Virginia also included a meeting aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.

She told Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor that she was looking forward to hearing about his work with the Jewish Agency -- apparently a reference to the Jewish Agency for Israel, which Meridor used to chair.

Israeli embassy officials say Palin and Meridor talked about relations between the U.S. and Israel, and about the Iranian nuclear threat. They also say Meridor talked about ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East. He's also meeting today with Palin's Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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