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January 31, 2013 1:31 am

What Chuck Hagel Said in the J Street Video

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Chuck Hagel, Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense.

Washington Post – There is good reason that J Street, until publicly shamed into releasing the video of its 2009 conference, did not want Chuck Hagel’s speech and, more important, the Q&A  seen by senators and the public at large. The prepared remarks are bad enough, evidencing a slew of bizarre views and embarrassingly wrong analysis of the Middle East. I will get to that in a separate post, but first let us look at what was in the video but not in the prepared remarks.

At the onset Hagel praised Victor Kovner, who founded J Street and was being honored by the group. Kovner expressly set up J Street to protect those like Hagel from criticism for their anti-Israel views. The New York Times reported, “He [Kovner] said candidates would also be able to use the group’s endorsements as a shield against accusations that they were anti-Israel.”

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