Top Jewish senator backs Hagel after Iran stance clarified
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Source: Jerusalem Post
US Senator Chuck Schumer supports Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, saying his concerns over stance on Israel, Iran were addressed, describing Hagel as "forthcoming and sincere"; encourages Senate support.
"US Senator Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that he had decided to support Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary, providing a critical boost to the former Republican senator's chances of being confirmed by the Senate.
Schumer, a key Democrat from New York state, said his concerns over Hagel's positions on Israel, Iran and other issues were addressed after they met with for about 90 minutes on Monday. He described Hagel as "forthcoming and sincere."
"Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation," Schumer said. "I encourage my Senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him."