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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:08 AM

Chuck Hagel draws fire for his position on Israel [View all]

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Joseph Morton

WASHINGTON — The prospect of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., taking over as the next secretary of defense sparked swift, negative reaction among some conservatives worried about his approach to Israel.

As reports circulate that a Hagel appointment could come as early as this week, the Republican Jewish Coalition issued a statement denouncing the pick as a “slap in the face.”

“Chuck Hagel's statements and actions regarding Israel have raised serious concerns for many Americans who care about Israel,” said Matt Brooks, the coalition's executive director. “The Jewish community and every American who supports a strong U.S.-Israel relationship have cause for alarm if the president taps Hagel for such an important post.”

Obama himself has been criticized over the years by those who see him as insufficiently supportive of Israel. He could stoke those fires more by appointing Hagel, who has declined World-Herald interview requests.

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