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Possible New Defense Secretary Has History of Anti-Israel Bias

November 8, 2012 12:08 pm 27 comments

Chuck Hagel visiting Iraq. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Now that Barack Obama has secured himself four more years in office reports have it that he is assessing his cabinet and considering retooling it. Many believe that current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is only going to stay on as long as he has to, and sources say candidates for replacing him are already being discussed. Chuck Hagel, former Republican senator from Nebraska and good  friend of the President’s, is being mentioned as a top candidate according to Politico.

But the prospect of Hagel in such a high-level position may be a cause for concern for the state of Israel seeing as he has been accused of castigating the Jewish state while also downplaying the threat of its enemies.

“He is one of the most hostile critics of Israel that has ever been in the Senate,” Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America told The Algemeiner.

“There is only a handful of senators that have been openly hostile to Israel and Chuck Hagel is one of them,” he added.

“Chuck Hagel is very talented,” Aaaron David Miller, vice president of the Woodrow Wilson center, and former adviser to democratic and republican secretaries of state, told The Algemeiner “It would be an intriguing choice to consider, if the administration wants to reach across the aisle.”

“It is not an other worldly possibility,” he added, speculating on how realistic the possibility is, “whether or not he has the inside track, I couldn’t say, but the choice of Hagel is certainly a credible issue.”

In 2007  the Zionist Organization of America released a statement questioning Hagel’s stance towards Israel, noting that he “was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization,” that “In 2000 Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel,” and “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.”

He also once criticized George W. Bush for refusing to meet with Yasser Arafat.

In 2009 when President Obama named him as Co-Chair of his Federal Intelligence Advisory Board, Jewish leaders objected to his appointment.

Commenting on how the appointment might affect the already tense US-Israel relationship Aaron David Miller said, “If Hagel has that reputation, it would cause serious concerns in congress and the pro-Israel community,  and at a time when the Iran threat looms.”

“There is a fair point here that Hagel’s appointment might cause concern, ” he added, “It doesn’t mean that he wont be best choice for the President, but it will add to the perception that the administration has decided to signal a more independent minded direction.”

“But we shouldn’t be surprised” concluded Mr. Klein, “because almost every appointment that Obama has made that effects Israel has been someone that is hostile to Israel.”


  • Yes Abe bird many Jews often side with the Arabs and many Muslims often side with the Jews . With terrorism or even war You don’t have to have to use justice or reason like is generaly thought to be the best foundation for negotations . Wars can lead to you getting your way , not becuase you are right but becuase you are the most violent . So I naturaully favor negotations . One can’t have negotations without talking or recognizing each other .


    • You were right if the “Jewish Vote” was the vote that changed to odds. Unfotunatelly, there are too few Jews in America (sarcasm).

  • Sewing: we often cut, on the bias, but bias is also a word, that is about a cutting edge in the way people write, about other people, and it feels like Algemeiner is attracting and wants to attract, detractors who have many vicious feelings abut Barack Obama, our re elected President.

    I don’t like it when people constantly sow the seeds of hatred, and I don’t like it also, when people write about me, a recent contributor of just a few comments on these pages, that nasty seems to be a way of regarding what I wrote. Take the word nasty and enlarge the n and it becomes hasty.

    I think it’s very hasty to make judgments of people who don’t happen to hold the same opinions, and this is irrespective of political opinion. I don’t think hate, vicious words, and constant condemnation, is always the right tack to take, in facing the wind.

    It could be, The answer is in the wind for us all, when it comes to not only politics, but the way this world should be headed. For me it’s a truism, to choose wisely, what we say about others that is damaging, and also to look for the silver lining in people, in general and not, as I encountered, say judgmental things, about people who just don’t happen to share this total white washing of Mitt Romney and his politics, which are so totally anti-human rights, and so totally demeaning of women and other groups, and certainly a threat to the environment.

    Be glad, Alegemeiner, because I am leaving. Why subject myself to such nastiness, on a constant and unreMITTing way.

    • Robert M Soran-Schwartz

      I totally agree with you. Algemeiner has much similarity with an office of Islamic hatred preachers, with the difference that its an Office for Judaic hatred…
      With unfortunately only rare exceptions. But it’s easy to understand: They all were hired to be their Master’s Voices … And it’s not easy to find a job nowadays in the neocon corner.

  • Obama is manipulated by foreign people at EU and Norway of the Nobel Peace Prize witch were involved in the elections, the Norwegian Nobel staff is infiltrated in EU! Watch out! H. Clinton got five hundred million Norwegian crones after the killing of Gaddafi in Libya. Gaddafi private pilot was a Norwegian! The Norwegians did work with Gaddafi for many years, I guess since Libya got oil. The Norwegians did manipulate Libyan citizens against Gaddafi doing those years witch ended with the killing of Gaddafi under accept of Obama witch is manipulate by Clinton family. Norway has a close relation to Clinton family. USA lost an ambassador in Libya because the Norwegian manipulation of Obama by giving him the Nobel Prize. Now Norway gives the Nobel Peace prize to EU witch is against A. Nobel policy! Norway have a small population witch their economy depend on oil! If man studies the chain catalyst of the Vikings attacking defenseless countries looks like the Arab spring revolutions. Norway had active people round the world including Israel and USA; those Norwegian active people are mostly sexually and mentally abused people used by shadowed Norwegian people that dominate the whole country politically and socially. , Those Norwegian activities in foreign countries are there to recruit people witch are discriminated by their system, bring them to Norway, manipulate them against their own country government, those recruited people has connections with their own people in their native land. This program of recruiting people from all over the world to Norway started from the day Norway got the oil in the seventies. I believe strongly that the Arab spring was planned by Norway shadowed Nazi people! Watch out! There in USA now.
    It is not a surprise that Obama choose this new defense secretary! Watch out! I’m was recruited to Norway and know very well what’s going one!

  • What Eric Siverson has written (above) should not be taken lightly We in the United States have the good fortune to live far enough away from the direct effects of Jew-hating Muslims and Hamas. But Muslims who hate Jews and Hamas who hate all us infidel-Jews, infidel-Christians, the infidel-USA and a good deal of the rest of the (infidel) world, are also very real entities. Just because they’re not our next-door neighbors doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be keenly aware of their purposes, goals, and means. Anyone who does not consider such things seriously is jus’ plain naive.In other words: Hamas, et al, ain’t kidding. They really DO hate Jews..and a helluva lot of others,….worldwide. That means YOU, ME, black and white as well! Just wait. Hamas hasn;t turned its attention to Japan, China, Russia, and much else in the world. They’re still working on Israel. (as soon as the finish us off, they’re go after Russia. And mebbe Brazil. I hear they don’ like Brazil nuts!

    Not everyone in the world is so blessed that they just turn off the TV and go ta bed!

  • Morton Klein loses his credibility when he contends that: “. . . almost every appointment that Obama has made that effects [sic] Israel has been someone that is hostile to Israel.” Is Hillary Clinton hostile to Israel? Is Dan Shapiro? Is Joe Biden? Klein’s paranoia almost make hostility to Israel seem warranted.

    • Diogenes if nothing else it is clear that Hillary Clinton IS hostile to Israel.

    • Matter of fact, yes, H Clint was hostile to Israel. She toned herself down when it was necessary for her move to NY politics, but check out the history of her actions before & since.

      Actions speak louder than words. In politics, that’s all you can count on. You know how to tell when a politician is lying? His – or her – lips are moving. Look at what Clinton has done rather than what she says and you’ll see that Klein has reason for his observation.

  • The Jews in Israel need not worry about who and what President Obama wants. Just as we elected a President, Isreal will soon elect a new Prime Minister and Isreal is not the 51st state. If they are smart, they would refuse every request coming from Obama and the last thing Obama wants is to look foolish to the world. He would give Isreal everything, just not to look like the “Jew” is refusing the big powerful President.

  • Obama, how can we ever thank you? Looks like what goes around comes around is moving at a dizzying face.

  • Congradulations to those stupid Jews who refused to believe the clear evidence that Obama was anti Israel and voted for him. As for those who think they can force Israel into accepting arab terms (ie surrender), just remember that Israel’s fall back position is 200+ nuclear warheads.

  • Mike From Tampa

    The United States does not exist to serve Israel

    • And vice versa, chum.

    • Mike, that’s your personal and foolish bias in writing the US does not exist to serve Israel. No one on this post has said anything to that effect.

      Having said that, when a country has supposedly one ally in the region that shares common values with a long history of getting along, it would be foolhardy to appoint someone openly hostile to that country.

      Should Obama make that appointment, it will surely appear to be a hostile one.

      • Hollywood Jeff

        Chuck Hagel distinguished himself as a member of the US military and as a Republican member of the Senate before that party was taken over by nutcases and would bring his years of military experience to the job which would be defending the United States, not Israel.

        I don’t recall any Israeli prime minister considering what effect his appointment would have on relations with the US or any other country. If so, would Washington or any of its European allies have approved Avigidor Lieberman?

        • Here you go again Hollywood Jeff.

          Maybe, that Israeli sniper should’ve aimed 6 inches lower.

        • US administration intervened in Israeli elections in the past… Clinton, 1999, was anti Netanyahu and pro Ehud Barak….

    • Dr. S A Visotsky

      Oct. 25. 1765, a group of Philadelphia merchants gathered in the State House to sign the non-importation agreement to fight the hated Stamp Tax of the British government. The first man to step forward to sign his name was the president of Mikve Israel Congregation, Philadelphia’s only synagogue, Mathias BUSH.

      That’s right, BUSH, read it again.

      As the tensions between Britain and the American Colonies increased and finally erupted into war the American Colonial population was split almost into thirds; one third supported the war, one third was neutral and one third was pro British. The small Jewish population of America was also divided – the choice though was very heavily and disproportionally in favor and support of the American Revolution. Not only did the Jews pledge their fortunes and sacred honor for America, but their very lives.

      In the area of finance, the young American Government might have foundered too except for the financial genius and personal financial risk and support taken on by Hayim Solomon, the JEW who financed the Revolutionary War effort, thereby United States of America. There is a debt of gratitude, and a very close tie with Israel, a State created by UK/US (Balfour Declaration), to begin with. On November 29, 1947, after much debate and discussion, the UN, under heavy influence from the US, recommended the partition of Palestine into two (2) states, ­one Jewish and one Arab. The Jews accepted the UN resolution, while the Arabs rejected it.

      Learn your history, before you bash it.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Wait till he installs Sam Power as Sec State. We may as well invite al Qaeda, Hamas and the ayatollahs to the inauguration.

  • I would not say that someone that objected to eliminanate Hizzabella , Hamas or Arafat from peace talks was neccessarily anti Israel . These are the people Israel must deal with for peace . Even in Israel many Jews are willing to negotate with these people . I don’t believe it is possible to negotate with these Islamic people peacabely . Sharaih law is muslim law of perpetual war until you die or Alah rules evreyone on earth . These muslims have no intentions of leaving any Jewish infidols in Israel or anyplace else .

    • eric siverson; The same could be said on pro Al-Qaida supporters that don’t hate the US but love and cherish the Islamic terror and its legitimate war on infidels (Christians are also infidels)…. I’m sure that you’ll find some lunatic Americans that will say that talks with your enemy is better than fight for your defence!

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