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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:31 PM

Hagel nomination: Israelis ask 'what's the big deal?'

President Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel for secretary of Defense, hotly contested by the American Jewish community, has received a muted response in Israel. While some echo concerns that the former Republican senator is dangerous or anti-Semitic, others here ask, “Who’s that?”

To be sure, the appointment of a man who is seen as soft on Iran and eager to talk to terrorist groups on Israel’s borders isn’t generally popular here.

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said today that Israel should be "concerned, but not afraid of Hagel's isolationist ideas." But he and other politicians, including candidates in Israel's Jan. 22 elections, have emphasized that US-Israel ties go deeper than any one personality and have expressed confidence that the two countries would remain strong allies.

“It’s none of our business, it’s America’s prerogative,” said Naftali Bennett of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi (The Jewish Home) party, whose popularity has surged in recent weeks. “Israel and America’s bond goes way beyond certain relationships between individuals.”

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0108/Hagel-nomination-Israelis-ask-what-s-the-big-deal?nav=87-frontpage-entryNineItem

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Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
tularetom Jan 2013 #1
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #2
CalFresh Jan 2013 #3
uppityperson Jan 2013 #4
hrmjustin Jan 2013 #5
Jennicut Jan 2013 #6

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:47 PM

1. Nobody really cares except Bill Kristol

And he is able to get angry old fool McCain on board. And of course McCain is followed by his faithful toady.

I haven't heard his name but I'm sure that dumbass Adelson is putting up the dough for a big opposition campaign.

In other words it's the same old bullshit pushed by the same group of assholes.

Playing the Israel card is just another way to trash the President.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:10 PM

2. There is no big deal. If they aren't afraid of Obama (and they shouldn't be), they

shouldn't be afraid of Hagel. The only difference between him and other (Dem) Senators on Iran was that he prefers multilateral sanctions to unilateral sanctions, and doesn't believe in totally ignoring the existence of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as far as I can see. In the neocon mindset, this equates to "soft".

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:40 PM

3. Pro life Chuck?

 

Chuck Hagel is a very strong pro life guy. He will be overseeing tens of thousands of young woman as our Secretary of Defense. Why is nobody talking about this in the media?

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Response to CalFresh (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:43 PM

5. That is a very good point, but I believe he has to carry out the will of the president.

But you bring up a good point, and welcome to DU.

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Response to CalFresh (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:22 PM

6. Because the President is for abortion rights.

Hagel will have to follow Obama on that.

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