Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: The Hagel Nomination: The Nominee's Record

What is Chuck Hagel's record with regard to Israel and the Middle East? See below and decide if you want to do something about it.
Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 7:34 AM


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.

In 2008, Hagel was “solely responsible” for blocking an Iran sanctions bill (Seth Colter Walls, ‘Dems Blame Senate GOP For Blocking Iran Sanctions Bill,’ Huffington Post, March 10, 2008).
In a 2006 interview with former Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller, Hagel said that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill (‘Hagel named to intelligence board,’ Jewish Telegraphic Agency, October 29, 2009).
In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to formally call upon the European Union to designate as a terrorist organization Hizballah, which in 1983 murdered 242 U.S. marines in Beirut ('NJDC Criticizes Senators for Refusing to Call on EU to add Hezbollah to List of Terrorist Organizations,' National Jewish Democratic Council press release, August 7, 2006).
In July 2006, at the outbreak of the Lebanon war, Hagel argued against giving Israel the time to break Hizballah, urging instead an immediate ceasefire (‘Key Republican breaks with Bush on Mideast,’ CNN.com, July 31, 2006).
December 2005: Hagel was one of only 27 senators who refused to sign a letter to President Bush urging him to pressure the Palestinian Authority (PA) to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.

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.

November 2001: Hagel was one of only 11 senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yasser Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.
In July 2001, Hagel was one of only two senators to vote against extending the original Iranian sanctions bill.
October 2000: Hagel was one of only four senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.

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It allows large groups of likeminded people to act in concert petitioning their Congressmen for or against a particular legislation or issue.

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