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LEESBURG, Virginia - In an attempt to burnish her foreign policy credentials, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin met with Israel's ambassador to the United States, apologizing for the session's delay.

"I look forward to hearing about your work with the Jewish Agency and all the plans that we have," Palin told Ambassador Sallai Meridor. "We'll be working together."

Palin, John McCain's running mate, was apparently referring to the Jewish Agency for Israel, an organization Meridor used to chair.

Israeli embassy officials said Palin and Meridor discussed relations between the United States and Israel and the Iranian nuclear threat.

They added that Meridor also discussed ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East and noted that he was to talk with Palin's Democratic counterpart, Sen. Joe Biden, later yesterday.

Palin also told a cheering crowd yesterday that Democrats would raise taxes and punish hard work if Virginia voters break a 44-year preference for Republican presidents and help send Barack Obama to the White House.