"Historically, the Assemblies of God have been dispensationalists, which means they believe in 'the rapture' of Christians that takes them out of the world," said Mr. Matthews. "Central to that position is a very strong support for Israel. It's integral to their view of both prophecy and politics. Denying Israel is almost like denying the faith."
It is perhaps political pragmatism driving Palin's support of Israel, rather than her faith alone.
She is keenly aware of the kinds of monetary and PR resources can flow to a campaign when the politicians vow their fealty for Israel.