Two American Jewish organizations call for further review of Hagel statements


The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee request explanation from Obama’s defense secretary nominee on 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an ‘adjunct’ of Israel’s foreign ministry.


Two mainstream American Jewish groups called for further review of Chuck Hagel’s record in light of an account of a 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an “adjunct” of Israel’s foreign ministry.

Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, has the support of a majority of senators, but confirmation of his nomination was blocked on February 14 by several Republican senators exercising their power to hold any vote.

“Chuck Hagel has served this country, and his state, with distinction, as we have had the privilege to tell him in person,” the American Jewish Committee said in a statement January 15. “But in light of his complex record in the Senate and controversial statements he has made since his public service on strategic and political affairs – notably grappling with the range of pressing Middle East issues – AJC believes that further Senate deliberation is called for before any final vote is taken.”

The Washington Free Beacon reported January 14, in a posting just hours before the failed bid in the Senate to advance Hagel’s nomination, a contemporaneous account of a Hagel speech delivered in 2007 at Rutgers University.

George Ajjan, a blogger sympathetic to Hagel’s foreign policy views, quoted him as saying “The State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office.”

Hagel then was a Republican senator from Nebraska considering a presidential run.

The AJC statement alluded to that revelation. “Moreover, reports are now circulating that the nominee purportedly spoke derisively in recent years of U.S. policy-making regarding Israel and the vital U.S.-Israel relationship,” it said. “Thus, we feel it especially important that Senator Hagel be given a full opportunity to clear the air, so that the Senate can have a more thorough picture of the nominee’s views.” .”

Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in a call to JTA, also called for Hagel to explain the remark.

“If it is true, it is very disturbing,” Foxman said. “If he didn’t say it, it behooves him to tell friends and detractors that he didn’t say it.”

Foxman added however: “It is somewhat puzzling that this quote would surface just on the eve of the vote” to advance the nomination.

  1. #1 by Tony on 02/17/2013 - 9:34

    This is unbelievable. Please, someone tell me of another organization that has a platform to question a cabinet appointment? If I was the head of a 10,000 member organization that had a few questions about Mr Hagel’s appointment, would we ever get such a platform? If you believe that, I have some of Saddam’s nukes to sell you.

  2. #2 by Dante Ardenz on 02/17/2013 - 9:34

    This is Alice In Wonderland stuff. Foxman,claims the dear poor Jews have no power,and saying they do makes you ‘an anti-semite’,but still they have veto power over a cabinet member,and have nasty Jew server Neoconservative Republicans doing there bidding for them.

  3. #3 by Alice on 02/17/2013 - 9:34

    True or False? The truth is the Jews’ Kryptonite.

  4. #4 by Amy Aremia on 02/17/2013 - 9:34

    I believe Hagel has spoken the facts and should not have backed off…time the President puts more people who will defend our nation and put its welfare first.

    Do hope that he will be approved otherwise it will show proof positiive that Isra el is in control of our Congress and White House.

  5. #5 by Rush on 02/17/2013 - 9:34

    Can someone please deport this foxman to Israel? He can live happily with his jewish friends with no anti-semite comment …

  6. #6 by rehmat1 on 02/18/2013 - 9:34

    Jim Downey’s sketch on the ‘Saturday Night Live’ earlier this month says all about these anti-Hagel Israeli poodles.

    “Sen. Hagel, I think you know no one cares more deeply about the safety and security of Israel than I do. So let me pose to you a hypothetical. You get an urgent call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who truly is one of the greatest men of this or any age, and he says to you it is vital to Israel’s security that you go on national television that night and perform oral sex on a donkey. Would you do that for Israel?”.

  7. #7 by isaac on 02/18/2013 - 9:34

    Hagel only told the truth which many politicians up there are afraid to tell.

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