web analytics
March 6, 2015 / 15 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Home » News & Views

Hagel Vote Filibustered, Still More Anti-Israel Revelations

this "State Department as Zionist lapdog" statement is a real zinger, but there were other statements made by Hagel at the Rutgers speech worth noting

Chuck Hagel called the State Dept an "adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry"

Chuck Hagel called the State Dept an "adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry"
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover

It is probably not the way Chuck Hagel wanted to go down in history, but whether or not he becomes the U.S. secretary of defense, his name will likely make it into the government trivia category of future Jeopardy! games.  Thursday afternoon, February 14, Hagel’s supporters were unable to muster the required 60 Senate votes to cut off debate on his nomination and move it forward for a final vote.  The vote was 58 – 40. Hagel remains on the playing field, but not yet at home plate.

Today’s vote was the first successful filibuster of the nomination for any secretary of defense in U.S. history.

While opponents of Hagel’s nomination were pleased by the historic vote, they have not succeeded in defeating his nomination, only in delaying the time at which the vote in the full senate will be taken.  Because the Democrats have a 10 seat advantage in the senate, once the nomination gets to the full senate, it remains likely that he will attain the cabinet position.

YET ANOTHER SMEAR AGAINST ISRAEL IN HAGEL’S PAST

Thursday was an all-around bad day for Hagel, though, as news of yet another shockingly insensitive statement made by Hagel in the not-so-distant past was unearthed by a reporter at the Washington Free Beacon.

The latest revelation is from a speech Hagel made at Rutgers University on March 3, 2007.  Hagel’s speech was described as an early toe in the water test to determine whether he should make a run for the U.S. presidency.  While a particular statement he made is the focus of most media interest, it is worth noting that Hagel’s speech that day was sponsored by the American Iranian Council and Rutgers’ Middle East Studies Department.

The American Iranian Council – to this day! – is opposed to any sanctions against Iran.  Not only is the AIC opposed to sanctions, it opposes any intervention by Americans in the workings of the Iranian regime.

The Beacon‘s Alana Goodman discovered, by unearthing a contemporaneous blog posting by an Iranian and Hagel supporter, George Ajjan, that Hagel said at the 2007 public speech: “The State Department has become an adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.”

Wow.

Even when one lines up the nasty statements made by others who fear the “strong arm – or pocketbook” of the Jewish or Israeli lobby, this one is still spectacularly bold.  Even by the lights of most Jewish/Israel lobby conspiracy-mongers, the State Department is the last government domain anyone accuses of being beholden to Israel.

While this “State Department as Zionist lapdog” statement is a real zinger, there were other statements made by Hagel at the Rutgers speech, as recorded contemporaneously by Ajjan, worth noting.

One such point is that “Iranians have a positive attitude towards the West,” which Ajjan was pleased was followed up with a kind of threat against American intervention: “but they will close ranks and support their government if their nation is threatened recklessly.”

The senate is taking a one week vacation.  The next opportunity to take up the Hagel question will be the week of February 25.

Speaking at a Google Plus Internet question and answer session after the vote on Thursday, President Obama said he expects that “Chuck Hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the Senate, will be confirmed as our defense secretary.” He then played a guilt card, saying it was “unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when I’m still presiding over a war in Afghanistan.”

Leon Panetta will remain the secretary of defense until the next person to fill the position is sworn in.

While Democrats are furious about the Republican move to delay a vote on Hagel’s nomination, calling it “scoring political points” and “putting our country at risk,” in 2005, then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama voted against cloture on John Bolton’s nomination for Ambassador to the United Nations, following his recess appointment.  Bolton’s nomination was defeated.

Those backing today’s move to prevent the nomination from going forward insist that what they want are simply answers to questions they have repeatedly asked of Hagel, but which have not been answered.  Those questions have to do primarily with the assassinations in Benghazi and with compensation Hagel received from various supporters.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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.

9 Responses to “Hagel Vote Filibustered, Still More Anti-Israel Revelations”

  1. Cody Flecker says:

    Why aren't America's Jewish population protesting Hagel's nomination? This man appears to have insinuated numerous times that he is an avowed anti semite. and in fact wants Israel destroyed.

  2. Cody Flecker says:

    Why aren't America's Jewish population protesting Hagel's nomination? This man appears to have insinuated numerous times that he is an avowed anti semite. and in fact wants Israel destroyed.

  3. Gil Gilman says:

    Get out the rubber stamp. The democrats are about to vote.

  4. I hope Hagel does not get enough votes! He is a " Sakana" ( danger) for Israel.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte on Israels payroll, chicken hawks american patriots, what a pathetic performance…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte on Israels payroll, chicken hawks american patriots, what a pathetic performance…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Please sign the anti-Hagel petition, and circulate it to others! Thanks!

    http://aclj.org/israel/stop-president-obama-anti-israel-nomination

  8. Anonymous says:

    Please sign the anti-Hagel petition, and circulate it to others! Thanks!

    http://aclj.org/israel/stop-president-obama-anti-israel-nomination

  9. Anonymous says:

    Please sign the anti-Hagel petition and pass it on! Thanks.

    http://aclj.org/israel/stop-president-obama-anti-israel-nomination

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, calling for rejection of a bad nuclear deal with Iran, on March 03, 2015.
Post-Bibi Bipartisanship May Result in Congressional Ability to Review Iran Deal
Latest News Stories
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, calling for rejection of a bad nuclear deal with Iran, on March 03, 2015.

Netanyahu’s speech, attacked as partisan, birthed a very significant bipartisan Congressional review agreement.

Esther Denouncing Haman

Rabbi Lau was surreptitiously talking about current events and not ancient texts on the news Friday morning…

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran’s Zarif claims his country is the peaceful anchor in the region, while Israel is the evil danger.

The dollar was trading at 4.01 shekels shortly before noon Friday, the highest rate since 2012. The Bank of Israel reported Friday that it bought $1 billion worth of dollars last month in its currency war to make the shekel cheap and increase exports. The shekel-rate sneaked across the 4.00 level last week but quickly receded. […]

A large turnout of Bedouin and Arab voters may make the United Arab List the third largest Knesset party.

Five people were wounded, including two policewomen, near a light rail train station in eastern Jerusalem.

Purim is a national holiday and costume party in Israel, when there is a spirit of unity.

The decision could lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

A plane crash and snow storm all but paralyzed LaGuardia International Airport in New York on Thursday; one runway opened the airport by evening.

Actor Harrison Ford is in fair condition after crash-landing a private plane on a golf course in Venice, CA, Thursday afternoon.

An abandoned Jewish soldier who died for Ukraine was rescued and given a proper Jewish burial by ZAKA. Their story.

The race for nuclear power has begun in the Middle East in response to fears of an Iranian nuclear threat.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Megillah reading, which tells the story of the Jewish festival of Purim, inside the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem on March 05, 2015. The festival of Purim commemorates the rescue of Jews from genocide in ancient Persia.

A hitchhiker pulled out a gun and stopped the attack.

Israel was the sixth-highest source for tourists to Germany in 2014.

Eshed said that a smart meter can run for as long as 10 years if it is equipped with this chipset.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States, calling for rejection of a bad nuclear deal with Iran, on March 03, 2015.

Netanyahu’s speech, attacked as partisan, birthed a very significant bipartisan Congressional review agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran’s Zarif claims his country is the peaceful anchor in the region, while Israel is the evil danger.

US Amb to South Korea attacked at event in Seoul, slashed face and hand.

Ferguson police officer cleared by Justice Department of civil rights charges in shooting of Michael Brown.

State Dept. press briefing reporter: ‘Netanyahu said Iran and ISIS are working together.’ No, he said the opposite.

Names and contact information of House Democrats who have confirmed attendance at Bibi’s speech.

Want to know who are the Bibicotters and how you can tell them what you think?

Bibi’s speech will be during the U.S. workday, but prime viewing time in Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/hagel-held-over-by-senate-and-still-more-anti-israel-revelations/2013/02/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: