Chuck Hagel

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.

Schumer, Boxer, Wasserman-Schultz Back Hagel For Defense

01/15/2013

 

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.

Powell Defends Hagel On 'Jewish Lobby' Quip

01/14/2013

Former secretary of state Colin Powell defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon on Sunday, downplaying some of the controversial remarks attributed to the former Nebraska senator.

That includes Hagel’s quip that members of Congress were intimidated by “a Jewish lobby” on Capitol Hill.

Powell: Hagel should write 'Israel lobby' on blackboard 100 times.

Powell Defends Hagel On 'Jewish Lobby' Quip

01/14/2013

 

Former secretary of state Colin Powell defended the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon on Sunday, downplaying some of the controversial remarks attributed to the former Nebraska senator.

That includes Hagel’s quip that members of Congress were intimidated by “a Jewish lobby” on Capitol Hill.

Powell: Hagel should write 'Israel lobby' on blackboard 100 times.

What To Do About Hagel?

01/08/2013
Editorial

Some national Jewish leaders, deeply worried and upset over the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, are in a quandary about whether or not to publicly speak out against his confirmation.

Jewish Groups Softening Resistance On Hagel

Shift seen on Obama’s choice for secretary of defense.

01/08/2013

Washington — Now that Chuck Hagel is officially President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense, Jewish groups concerned about Hagel’s record on Israel and Iran are faced with a choice.

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, right, with President Obama, has been criticized for not being pro-Israel enough. getty images

The Problem Of Hagel

Jewish leaders are in a quandary: 'He could stick it to us.'

01/07/2013

Some national Jewish leaders, deeply worried and upset over the nomination of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, are in a quandary about whether or not to publicly speak out against his confirmation.

RJC Blasts NJDC's Support For Hagel Nomination

01/07/2013

In response to the National Jewish Democratic Council's statement in support of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, Matt Brooks, director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, accused the group of hypocrisy.

Sen. Graham: Hagel An 'Antagonist' Toward Israel

01/06/2013

Former senator Chuck Hagel will face tough questions on Israel and its enemies if nominated for defense secretary, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the House Armed Services Committee on Sunday.

"He is an antagonistic figure toward the State of Israel," Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union.

Citing some of Hagel's expressed opinions on Israel, Iran and Afghanistan, Graham declined to say whether he would be willing to join a fillibuster to block the expected nomination.

Graham: Hagel off-base on Hamas, Hezbollah.
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