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AIPAC’s Silence on Chuck Hagel

What are brave United States lawmakers to make of AIPAC’s surrender?

In the hearings Cruz aired a clip from Al Jazeera where Hagel appeared to agree with a caller who accused Israel of atrocities. Cruz said: “The caller suggests that the nation of Israel has committed war crimes, and your response to that was not to dispute that characterization.” Cruz then asked Hagel directly whether he thinks Israel was guilty of war crimes, saying the suggestion was “particularly offensive given that the Jewish people suffered under the most horrific war crimes in the Holocaust… I would also suggest that for … a prospective secretary of Defense not to take issue with that claim is highly troubling.”

And what should Senator Jim Inhofe be thinking? Of Hagel’s views on America’s relationship with Iran and Israel, he said, “Too often it seems he’s willing to subscribe to a worldwide view that is predicated on appeasing our adversaries while shunning our friends.” Should Inhofe be protecting Israel more than AIPAC?

Then there is Senator Lindsay Graham who defended the pro-Israel lobby by pressuring a cowering Hagel to admit he could not name a single lawmaker who had ever been intimidated by those scary Jews. Graham predicted that Hagel would be “the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the State of Israel in our nation’s history.”

Perhaps the pro-Israel lobby as a whole can learn how to stand up for itself from its LGBT counterpart. In 1998 Hagel’s homophobia once more manifest itself in his  opposition to President Clinton’s appointing Jim Hormel as Ambassador to Luxembourg, stating that he was “openly, aggressively gay.” The Human Rights campaign, the nation’s largest gay-rights advocacy group, recently demanded that Hagel apologize for the disgusting remark. Sure enough, Hagel apologized which just goes to show you that not everyone is afraid of alienating a potentially powerful member of the Cabinet.

How ironic that pro-Israel groups have themselves proven the falsity of Hagel’s defamatory claims of intimidation. It turns out that even when it comes to nominees with deeply troubling records on Israel, they have little bark and still lesser bite.

About the Author: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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6 Responses to “AIPAC’s Silence on Chuck Hagel”

  1. Anona Nimos says:

    "Anyone who watched Chuck Hagel’s lamentable performance…"
    Why you you guys lament?

    Anyone who did not watched my watch it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9t99XbZO9w.

    One can read Ja-have given you this or that. That you should not lament, as the higher powers will decide what to do next.

  2. I AM CALLING FOR A NATIONAL BOYCOTT BY JEWS OF ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST PROGRAM WHERE HATIKAVAH IS INTENTIONALLY EXLUDED DUE TO MUSLIM PRESSURE OR CLERGY WHO SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN CAUSE. PLEASE GET THE WORD OUT. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG. I have bowed out of the local interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. This is a personal choice and I DO NOT ADVOCATE ANYONE NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICE. I INTRODUCED INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST SERVICES IN 1974 AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IF NOT THE FIRST TO DO SO. This was a difficult decision for me based on personal principle. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man's capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and oHolocaust survivors and athers, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it's pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF refugee born in a D.P. camp.

  3. Obaid Karki says:

    Chuck Hagel Ain’t Dumb and Dumbest as ill-illustrated by DC’S Israelifirsters to nest IDF into Pentagon Fiscal as gratis recipient and risk American interests elsewhere and everywhere Israel is loathed. It’s on the contrary. Jews are More Dumb and Dumbest if they dumbdown to believe otherwise. Jewish Media Religiously campaigned ‘AGAINST’ purely Falsepride. Brennan Performance is too little to Put Hagel’s Incompetence in Perspective (if any as ill-described). Nice vocabulary. I am Impatient to read this article again after Chuck Hagel is confirmed. Chuck Hagel's Suspense Hearing ain’t 'disturbing' but edutaining. Chuck Hagel's Bizarre out-of-the-ordinary Eight hours Hearings of bloviating, Grandstanding and Browbeating Senate. In fact, not enough time for serious deliberation over key policy questions. For instance in hearing transcript running to nearly 60,000 words, the word "DRONE" doesn't show up even once. Chuck Hagel is The Fifth Defense Secretary with Military Past. Lindsey Graham 'Seems Clueless' On Iran. At least Chuck Hagel knows that Iran is in Asia not Antarctica. Another way to say: “I Knackered outloud and am damn sorry to badmouth you’. Never mind about SURGE! John McCain cleared the way for Chuck Hagel to be next Secretary of Defense. “I do not believe that we should filibuster,” McCain told POLITICO. “To vote against is entirely the judgment of each individual senator, but filibuster I think would be inappropriate.” Vulnerable Filibuster contempt by Sen. Mitch McConnell flagged. “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important…they do not mean to do harm…they are absorbed in their endless struggle to think well of themselves.”— T.S. Eliot, an Enigmatic Illuminati.

  4. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG will not attend and boycott if Imam sits during hatikvah.

    Organizers to vote on restoring ‘Hatikva’ to interfaith program.

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    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg says omitting the Israeli anthem from the Holocaust commemoration would be “giving in to the current atmosphere of anti-Semitism.”.
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    Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg says omitting the Israeli anthem from the Holocaust commemoration would be “giving in to the current atmosphere of anti-Semitism.”.

  5. HATIKVAH WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM.

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