NJDC: Hagel Has ‘Questionable Israel Record’

H/T to the RJC for digging up this 2009 story in the Weekly Standard: Josh Rogin reported today that former Senator Chuck Hagel will serve as co-chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Hagel was also the keynote speaker at last night’s J Street gala dinner. Naturally, Hagel is not a big supporter of Israel (this seems to be a theme among J Street speakers). The Republican Jewish Coalition had some fun pointing reporters to an old statement from their rivals at the National Jewish Democratic Council:

Indecisive Senator Hagel has Questionable Israel Record

As Senator Hagel sits around for six more months and tries to decide whether to launch a futile bid for the White House, he has a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel.  Consider this:

- In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

- In October 2000, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.

- In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yassir Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.

- In December 2005, Hagel  was one of only 27 who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authroity to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.

- In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.

We await the NJDC statement denouncing this unfortunate Obama appointment.

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  1. Wanting to be informed, I wonder if it is possible to see the content of the letters that Hagel did not sign? Were any statements issued about why he, or others, refused to sign the letters in question?
    Are there any other decisions that have been made that are relevant to this issue?
    Are there other times and ways when Hagel failed to support Israel when he should have?
    Are there other times and ways when Hagel did support Israel?

  2. M.Ghali Cheikh

    I think the wisdom of American people has to wake up for the sake of the high interest of the USA. History is the best teacher, and the facts prove that America as a major player on the world scene needs leaders who reconcile and solve problems not those who pour the gas on the fire like some lobbiest do.

  3. If the worst charge you can level against someone is that they refused to sign some letters you are officially grasping at straws.

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