Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
Two centrist 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 Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, has the support of a majority of senators, but confirmation of his nomination was blocked on Feb. 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 jan. 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 Jan. 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 Sen.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.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Likud party members charge opponents with receiving illicit funds and violating Israeli election laws.
A bust depicting former Israeli president Shimon Peres was placed next to sculptures of the former eight presidents in the garden of the President’s residence in Jerusalem, on February 01, 2015.
An IDF soldier is lightly wounded and an Egged bus damaged in an Arab rock attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The Prime Minister has declared Orbach temporarily absent from the Knesset for medical reasons.
Avigdor Liberman finally declared his political allegiances without the semantic games and ambiguity.
Another Israeli Arab falls into the ISIS trap, runs off to Syria and then comes home to be arrested.
Anti-Semitism is alive and well — and thriving — in London. It will get a boost on March 22, 2015.
Many families enjoy watching the Super Bowl together, but the halftime show makes them uncomfortable. This is a family friendly entertainment venue that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Fatah are big talkers, but you don’t see Arabs in the Palestinian Authority going without their Israeli products.
Carl Djerassi’s research led to the invention of oral birth control pills.
The US promptly condemned the “vicious” beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto on Saturday, noting its “own experience” with “this pain.”
The Washington Post reports the CIA and Mossad collaborated on the 2007 murder in Damascus of the Hezbollah terror group’s No. 2 leader.
ISIS released a video showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu says it’s easier to deal with a procedural problem than resolving a nuclear threat.
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/adl-ajc-want-another-review-of-hagel-statements/2013/02/17/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: