Chuck Hagel

U.S. Sells Munitions To Israel From Its Surplus Stockpile

07/31/2014
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Washington — The U.S. Defense Department sold to Israel munitions from its Israel-based surplus stockpile.

Yaalon, Hagel To Meet In Washington

10/08/2013
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WASHINGTON — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet in Washington to discuss “regional security challenges.”

Interpol Warns Nations To Watch Out For Escaped Terrorists

08/05/2013
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An Interpol global alert asked member states to be on the lookout for escaped terrorists from prisons in countries including Iraq, Pakistan and Libya.

The alert issued Saturday came in the wake of a U.S. State Department order to close its Middle East embassies and consulates due to terror alerts.

Israel's Ambassador Defends Hagel, Talks Iran On Colbert Show

03/06/2013

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren on Tuesday night defended Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as a friend of Israel -- and dismissed comments the former senator made about Zionist influence on Capitol Hill – during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

After Fight, Hagel Now U.S. Defense Secretary

02/26/2013

The U.S. Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, largely along party lines.

The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Hagel on Tuesday afternoon, with 54 senators in the Democratic caucus joining four Republicans in voting for him.

Hagel Confirmed As Secretary Of Defense

The U.S. Senate confirmed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, largely along party lines.

The Senate voted 58-41 to confirm Hageln on Tuesday afternoon, with 54 senators in the Democratic caucus joining four Republicans in voting for him.

The Democratic-led Senate had sought to confirm President Obama's nominee earlier this month, and the Armed Services Committee approved him in a 14-11 vote on Feb. 12.

Republicans Block Vote On Hagel

02/15/2013

Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

In a party-line vote Thursday, Democrats failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and clear the way for a final vote on Hagel's nomination. The vote was 58-40.

Senate Committee Advances Hagel Nomination

02/12/2013

 

Sticking strictly to party lines, the Senate Armed Services Committee referred the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary to the full Senate for confirmation. 

The tally favoring Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska, was 14 in favor, all in the Democratic caucus, and 11 opposed, all Republicans.

One Republican, David Vitter of Louisiana, was not present.

Kerry, Hagel, Brennan: Harmful To Israel, Soft On Terrorists

01/25/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia, seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, pulling his punches against Iran’s nuclear program, and putting “daylight” between his Administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same – John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA.

Hagel Backed By Pro-Israel Leaders In Congress

01/16/2013

Chuck Hagel added three major Jewish Democrats to his list of endorsers, clearing his way to likely confirmation as secretary of defense.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) each said they were satisfied Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, would advance the U.S.-Israel security relationship and would make a priority of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“I know some will question whether Sen. Hagel’s assurances are merely attempts to quiet critics as he seeks confirmation to this critical post,” Schumer said in a statement Tuesday, a day after he conferred with Hagel. “But I don’t think so. Sen. Hagel realizes the situation in the Middle East has changed, with Israel in a dramatically more endangered position than it was even five years ago. His views are genuine, and reflect this new reality.”

Lawmakers generally take their lead on sensitive issues from colleagues who are affiliated with  the interest group in question, and the endorsement of Jewish senators has been seen as critical to Hagel getting the job.

Also endorsing Hagel was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Hagel had drawn fire for past criticisms of Israeli policy, skepticism about the efficacy of unilateral Iran sanctions, wariness of the repercussions of a military strike on Iran, and willingness to engage with Iran and some terrorist groups, while also maintaining degrees of isolation.

In conversations with Schumer, Boxer and Wasserman Schultz, Hagel also apologized for having said the “Jewish lobby” is “intimidating” in a 2006 interview.

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