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January 9, 2013 10:19 am

Why I am Paranoid About Chuck Hagel

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We Jews are paranoid about our survival as a people; sometime even the term paranoid is too weak. But can anyone seriously blame us for being acutely touchy on this subject? For centuries, we were persecuted for no other reason than being Jewish.

With the creation of the state of Israel 65 years ago, our people finally found a reason to believe that a Jewish homeland would change the nature of our existence as a people among the nations. And in all honesty, Israel has been one of the greatest miracles of history. The immeasurable success of this small nation in the past six decades has been a source of pride and admiration.

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Today, Israel is being challenged by incredibly evil forces encircling this haven of ingenuity and innovation.

Israel is dependent more than ever for its survival on the only super power democracy that is the United States of America and its people.

The emotional attachment between the Jewish nation and its powerful ally is now a legendary tale of friendship unique in the world.

It is my conviction that the nomination of the new secretary of defense will be an opportunity for  the American people to display their deep respect, admiration and love of the small Jewish nation and its people. Jews, more than anyone, wait with apprehension to witness the confirmation hearing of Senator Hagel and to objectively and calmly judge his positions. The close security ties between the U.S. and Israel are not only in the domain of the president and the secretary of defense but are the wishes of millions of dedicated people who have found a common goal, the security of two of the most incredible democracies of the 21th century.

In what will certainly be a very interesting confirmation. Senator Hagel will have the opportunity to come to understand and verify that the Senate and Congress see Israel as a beacon of hope surrounded by a sea of danger.

I trust the wisdom of America’s democratic institutions in realizing the benefit of continuing to support the Jewish Nation through what will be a very difficult few years to come.

God Bless America and its people.

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  • Joe Ferrusi

    Jewish people are good people but Israel brings on a lot of it’s own problems and has a lobby that has way too much influence over the United States. I wish the best to the people of Israel and I also believe that Jewish people should have place where they should be safe. What happened to them in the Holocaust was beyond horrible. However as long as the Israeli Government has so much influence over the American Government and the backing of the American Armed Forces they do not seem to want peace with their neighbors so much as to push them around.
    Israel should try to get along with their neighbors better or move to another neighborhood. There are many beautiful places in the world where they could go and not be in the middle of hundreds of millions of Arabians who for whatever reasons do not seem to like them.

    I like Chuck Hagel, all he said was “a lot of congressmen are intimidated by the Israel Lobby, I’m not an Israeli Senator”.
    What is wrong with that? The Israeli lobby almost stopped him from becoming secretary of state because he said that and they had the power to stop him if they wanted to but thought better of it because they were nervous of backlash by the American public.

    I agree with Hagel, should we have to get in a war with Iran so our soldiers have to die for Israel?

    I wish all Jewish people the best but I do not want to get in a war in the middle east for them, and lets face it the Israeli lobby practically owns the American Congress, there is no doubt in my mind that our wimpy congress would send our soldiers to die for Israel if it helps them get re-elected. They will just come up with some reason “Syria is using chemical weapons”.
    I wish you guys peace over there but please do not drag us into your problems.

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