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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:41 PM

Foxman Calls Hagel Anti-Semitic, But Won't Oppose His Nomination (includes President Jimmy Carter)

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It's a new phase of what can only be described as a campaign to prevent former Sen. Chuck Hagel's potential appointment as Defense Secretary. The pattern seems to be emerging here: the right-wing raises harebrained objections, no one bothers to defend the potential nominee, the campaign catches on and, before you know it, the candidate withdraws before they've even been appointed. Henceforth, the hyperventilating war cries against Hagel emanated only from dyed-in-the-wool neoconservatives and former AIPAC spokesman Josh Block, and Josh Block, and Josh Block (a distinction without a difference, perhaps). But now the Chuck Hagel affair is at the "campaign catches on" phase: the first of the relatively centrist or moderate pro-Israel Jewish groups just spoke up with a shocking statement.

Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, released an exclusive statement to—where else?—the Washington Post's pugnacious neoconservative blogger Jennifer Rubin:

Chuck Hagel would not be the first, second, or third choice for the American Jewish community’s friends of Israel. His record relating to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship is, at best, disturbing, and at worst, very troubling. The sentiments he’s expressed about the Jewish lobby border on anti-Semitism in the genre of professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and former president Jimmy Carter.


What's most stunning about the accusation is that Foxman didn't here launch into what's become the more mild—and, I think all comers will agree, more reasonable—policy critiques of some of Hagel's positions. Instead, Foxman went for the nuclear option: that Hagel's statements on Washington's pro-Israel community "border on anti-Semitism." I've addressed the anti-Semitism charge against Hagel already, and Peter Beinart did so again in these pages in response to another attack alleging Jew-hatred in the Wall Street Journal today (Jen Rubin cited the latter, natch). But don't listen to me or Peter (or Miller or Kurtzer) that Hagel's views don't put him beyond the pale for the Defense Secretary position. Listen to Abe Foxman. According to a report in the Times of Israel—which came out after Rubin's exclusive—Foxman doesn't intend to oppose Hagel's nomination:

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/18/foxman-calls-hagel-anti-semitic-but-won-t-oppose-his-nomination.html

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Reply Foxman Calls Hagel Anti-Semitic, But Won't Oppose His Nomination (includes President Jimmy Carter) (Original post)
Purveyor Dec 2012 OP
William769 Dec 2012 #1
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #7
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #2
exboyfil Dec 2012 #3
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #4
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #5
Purveyor Dec 2012 #9
cpwm17 Dec 2012 #6
Purveyor Dec 2012 #10
Eric the Reddish Dec 2012 #8
jody Dec 2012 #11
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #12

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:44 PM

1. Not only is Hagel Anti-Semitic, he's a Homophobe in the first degree! n/t

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Response to William769 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:47 PM

7. He's not anti-Semitic.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:52 PM

2. of course not; Hagel is a Republican

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:56 PM

3. If they were referring to his speech

when he said he was a U.S. Senator from a U.S. state and not Israel's Senator, then he is not a Semite (I wish more Senators thought that way).

Still I think Obama could do much better.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:04 PM

4. LOL! "...anti-Semitism in the genre of...former president Jimmy Carter."?

Raging anti-Semite Jimmy Carter, eh?



FOXMAN FUCK-UP POWERS...ACTIVATE!

PB

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:32 PM

5. Well, he DID use the A-word in a book title!

Nevermind the actual content of the book; we're told to literally judge a book by its cover, or we too are raging antisemites in the genre of former president Jimmy Carter

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Response to Poll_Blind (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:18 PM

9. Thank you. Wish President Carter could be the Sec. of Defense, indeed. Talk about heads exploding

should that be a possibility.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:45 PM

6. So a racist, right-winged war-monger compares Hagel to Jimmy Carter

I consider that an endorsement.

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Response to cpwm17 (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:02 PM

10. Indeed. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 07:54 PM

8. According to Foxman...

 

Everyone is antisemitic!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:33 PM

11. Anti-Semitic is not the same as Anti-Zionist and a pox on those who try to sell that idea and any

 

who believe.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:40 PM

12. --> Watch this Documentary on YouTube:



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