Chuck Hagel

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Can no one else see the irony here?  President Obama is having his choice for Defense Secretary blocked by by leading Zionist groups because the person in question allegedly complained about the undue level of Zionist influence in the US government!  If these groups are successful in overturning the President’s nomination they will surely prove precisely the allegation they seek to deny!

Father Dave

Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

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Two American Jewish organizations call for further review of Hagel statements

The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee request explanation from Obama’s defense secretary nominee on 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an ‘adjunct’ of Israel’s foreign ministry.

Two mainstream American Jewish groups called for further review of Chuck Hagel’s record in light of an account of a 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an “adjunct” of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, has the support of a majority of senators, but confirmation of his nomination was blocked on February 14 by several Republican senators exercising their power to hold any vote.

“Chuck Hagel has served this country, and his state, with distinction, as we have had the privilege to tell him in person,” the American Jewish Committee said in a statement January 15. “But in light of his complex record in the Senate and controversial statements he has made since his public service on strategic and political affairs – notably grappling with the range of pressing Middle East issues – AJC believes that further Senate deliberation is called for before any final vote is taken.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported January 14, in a posting just hours before the failed bid in the Senate to advance Hagel’s nomination, a contemporaneous account of a Hagel speech delivered in 2007 at Rutgers University.

George Ajjan, a blogger sympathetic to Hagel’s foreign policy views, quoted him as saying “The State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.”

Hagel then was a Republican senator from Nebraska considering a presidential run.

The AJC statement alluded to that revelation. “Moreover, reports are now circulating that the nominee purportedly spoke derisively in recent years of U.S. policy-making regarding Israel and the vital U.S.-Israel relationship,” it said. “Thus, we feel it especially important that Senator Hagel be given a full opportunity to clear the air, so that the Senate can have a more thorough picture of the nominee’s views.” .”

Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in a call to JTA, also called for Hagel to explain the remark.

“If it is true, it is very disturbing,” Foxman said. “If he didn’t say it, it behooves him to tell friends and detractors that he didn’t say it.”

Foxman added however: “It is somewhat puzzling that this quote would surface just on the eve of the vote” to advance the nomination

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The following sketch was developed for popular US TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’. It satirizes the interrogation of would-be US Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, over his alleged lack of allegiance to Israel.

The sketch never aired but it was posted on the Internet where it (predictably) attracted the wrath of Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, who said that it “reinforces the pernicious notion of Jewish control over this government”.

In truth, it doesn’t really require sketches like this to reinforce the Foxman’s ‘pernicious notion’. The 29 standing ovations given to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by the US Congress in 2011 were more than sufficient.

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Father Roy writes:

Many Americans hope to see practical “changes” during President Obama’s second administration.  Chuck Hagel, Obama’s choice of Secretary of Defense, has been accused of having “isolationist ideas”. 

Does Chuck really have isolationist ideas?  Is it possible that we’re being misinformed or misled?  The following article was published in today’s Jerusalem Post.  The highlights are mine.  

Peace, Roy

Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel

source: www.jpost.com…

Iran hopeful in Hagel nomination; Israel ‘concerned’

Iranian foreign ministry hopes new defense secretary will lead to “changes;” Knesset speaker says Israel concerned, but not afraid.

Iran’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it hoped the appointment of Chuck Hagel as the next US defense secretary would lead to “practical changes” in Washington’s foreign policy. At the same time, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Israel should be “concerned, but not afraid of [Chuck] Hagel’s isolationist ideas.”

“We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly news conference, Iran’s IRIB news website reported. He was answering a question about Hagel’s views on Israel and US sanctions on Iran.

Hagel is expected to face a tough confirmation fight amid accusations that he has anti-Israel views and has previously urged direct nuclear talks between the United States and Iran.

Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday said Israel should be “concerned, but not afraid of [Chuck] Hagel’s isolationist ideas.”

Responding to US President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Republican senator for the Pentagon post on Monday, Rivlin said Hagel’s nomination does not just affect Israel alone, “but the global strategic balance of power. Heigel’s isolationist policies will reflect on changing policies in America that will also have an impact on Israel.”

Rivlin stated Hagel’s approach should be “of concern to Israel, but not scare her,” adding that Israel must know how to handle the move without isolating herself from the stronghold of American security.

To further quell recent concern over Hagel’s appointment, Rivlin added “one person does not a policy make,” stating that the individual appointment will in no way endanger the strategic relationship between Israel and the US.

On a similar note, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon gave a positive view of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as US defense secretary, though some commentators in the Jewish state expressed worries that the choice could open a new fissure in bedrock ties with Washington.

US President Barack Obama named the former Republican senator for the Pentagon post on Monday, setting the stage for a confirmation battle with critics who question his commitment to Israel in its struggle with Iran and other regional adversaries.

But Ayalon, a former envoy to the United States, told Yedioth Ahronoth in comments published on Tuesday: “I have met him (Hagel) many times, and he certainly regards Israel as a true and natural US ally.”

Meanwhile, a right-wing pro-Israel group has taken Hagel’s name on a website, stepping up the campaign against his nomination.

The site, which went live last week with www.chuckhagel.com… is funded by The Emergency Committee for Israel, a non-profit organization running campaigns on the positions of political candidates in America.

The website raises questions regarding Hagel’s ability to serve as defense secretary, highlighting statements seen as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic.

The daily Israel Hayom on Tuesday quoted an unnamed government official as saying the choice of Hagel was “very bad news,” adding: “Clearly it won’t be easy with him.” The official, reflecting the belief of several Israeli analysts that Obama would continue to set the tone for bilateral relations, suggested that having Hagel in the Pentagon would allow the second-term president “to play ‘good cop'” with Netanyahu.

Many Republicans contend that Hagel, who left the Senate in 2008, at times opposed Israel’s interests. He voted several times against US sanctions on Iran, in whose nuclear program Israel sees a mortal threat, and made disparaging remarks about the influence of what he called a “Jewish lobby” in Washington.