Op-Ed: The Hagel Nomination: The Nominee's Record
Jerry SobolThe writer has a B.A. Degree in 20th century European History and a Masters in International Relations from The City College of New York. He is a staunch Zionist and has been writing articles on Israel and Jewish concerns for 40 years, blogs at Israeli Advocate.
Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is President Barack Hussein Obama's choice for the position of Secretary of Defense.
Here is the record I researched for the controversial nominee:
In 2009, Hagel signed a letter urging President Obama to begin direct negotiations with Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist group committed in its Charter to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews.
June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran's nuclear program at the G-8 summit and was one of only two senators in to vote against renewal of the Libya-Iran sanctions act.
We are living in a great time. Unlike the not too distant past, when you had a gripe or a cause, the best you could do was get out a letter or write one to the editor. Today one person can instantaneously communicate with others.
Such is the issue of potential Secretary of Defense. This is not your basic Democrat/Republican Tango. The Hagel nomination is a bipartisan issue. For friends of Israel it’s important that you locate the phone numbers of your state in the chart here. Leave a short message stating you oppose the Hagel nomination. if you agree
Reprinted, with some changes in order of presentation, from Israeli Advoate blog