web analytics
August 2, 2015 / 17 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


ADL, AJC Want another Review of Hagel Statements

By: JTA

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.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “ADL, AJC Want another Review of Hagel Statements”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Jonathan Pollard.
Dear Jonathan: A Letter of Concern
Latest News Stories

Former liberal Democratic New York Congressman Gar Ackerman has come out four-square against the nuclear deal with Iran, Ackerman, who was New York City’s 7th District Congressman for 30 years until 2013 and is 72 years old, has joined the advisory board of Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran. He stated Friday: While I have […]

sharks2

The surfer got back to shore and saw there had been two sharks circling him.

Cong. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)

Cong. Albio Sires of New Jersey is the third Democrat so far to come out against the JCPOA because it won’t bar Iran from becoming a nuclear state

Kibbutz Zikim members beat the heat along the shore.

No one envied the Iranian last week, with temperatures above 150 Farenheit. In Israel, it hit above 100 degrees.

Sandy Berger: “Going forward, if Bibi continues to be the obstacle, you will need to find the ground from which you can make his politics uneasy.”

The plaintiff allege that a building manager told them to “Go somewhere else if you don’t like it.”

Gaza terrorists launched a double rocket attack late Saturday, but Israelis weren’t warned. The rockets miraculously landed short.

Here is a long, but incomplete, list of Arab attacks over Shabbat…

Palestinian Authority Arabs attempt to torch Joseph’s tomb in retaliation for Duma arson attack.

Israel Police are on nationwide ‘high alert’ in response to an uptick in Arab violence.’

Arabs attacked Israeli forces in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria on Sabbath over the deaths of an innocent baby and a terrorist.

There were no injuries, but the bus was badly damaged.

State Dept. claims Congress is “looped in,” but IAEA head refuse to testify at Senate hearings.

They are throwing rocks and blocks at the drivers as they drive by.

“Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights.”

More Articles from JTA

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.

The Nazis nearly destroyed the 17th synagogue.

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 […]

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

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: