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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:17 AM

4. Politico story tells what their real problem with Hagel is

it isn't his positions, it's his frankness about them.

Advocates for Israel have a variety of policy disagreements with Hagel, but one of their biggest concerns may be his frank and unflattering public assessments of their work and role in Washington.

The political reality is that the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here, Hagel told former Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller in a 2006 interview. I have always argued against some of the dumb things they do because I dont think its in the interest of Israel. I just dont think its smart for Israel.

Hagel also said he didnt think he had ever signed one of the letters the American Israel Public Affairs Committee regularly circulates to demonstrate support for Israel or tough stands against its enemies such as Iran. I didnt sign the letter because it was a stupid letter, he said in the interview with Miller, referring to one such missive.

Hagel has also been blunt in dismissing those who think hes not sufficiently supportive of Israel.

Im not an Israeli senator. Im a United States senator, the Nebraska Republican told Miller for his book The Much Too Promised Land, released in 2008.

I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, Ill do that, the senator said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/chuck-hagels-record-on-israel-draws-scrutiny-85123.html#ixzz2FPuEscV1

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