Monday, December 17, 2012

Tales Opposes a Chuck Hagel Nomination For Sec of Defense

We learn that Chuck Hagel, former Republican Senator, is likely to be nominated by president Obama as the next Secretary of Defense.

At first glance, the uniformed might say this is a good choice because Hagel is a Republican and this would be an important bipartisan choice.  But conservative Republicans know this is a true Republican in name only, especially on foreign policy and especially on matters regarding the Middle East.

For any friend of Israel, this would be a disappointing and very problematic choice.  Chuck Hagel, to say it kindly, is no friend of Israel.

These troubling moves by Hagel that should make every friend of Israel worried if he is confirmed:
This taken directly from the web site weasel zippers on December 13, 2012

  • In August 2006, Hagel was one of only 12 Senators who refused to write the EU asking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
  • In October 2000, Hagel was one of only 4 Senators who refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.
  • In November 2001, Hagel was one of only 11 Senators who refused to sign a letter urging President Bush not to meet with the late Yasir Arafat until his forces ended the violence against Israel.
  • In December 2005, Hagel  was one of only 27 who refused to sign a letter to President Bush to pressure the Palestinian Authority to ban terrorist groups from participating in Palestinian legislative elections.
  • In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.
  • And here’s what the anti-Israel group, CAIR wrote in praise of Hagel: “Potential presidential candidates for 2008, like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Joe Biden and Newt Gingrich, were falling all over themselves to express their support for Israel. The only exception to that rule was Senator Chuck Hagel…” [Council on American-Islamic Relations, 8/28/06]
 and also this taken from the Republican Jewish Coalition newsletter: 

                 * In March of 2009, Hagel was one of 10 former and current foreign policy officials who signed a letter urging President Obama to open direct talks with Hamas leaders.
                 * On Iran: Hagel, writing in a May 2005 article for The Financial Times, explicitly ruled out the military option against Iran that President Obama claims to have 'kept on the table.'

Both the Republican Jewish Coalition and AIPAC has said that this nomination would be very troubling for all friends of Israel.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, "Chuck Hagel's statements and actions regarding Israel have raised serious concerns for many Americans who care about Israel. 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.  The appointment of Chuck Hagel would be a slap in the face for every American who is concerned about the safety of Israel."

Former AIPAC executive director, Morris Amitay, has said: "It would be a very unwise and disastrous choice for U.S. policies and activities regarding the Middle East."

Tales comes out against any would be nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, and strongly recommends the U.S. Senate to reject his nomination if president Obama does indeed nominate him. 


Anonymous said...

AS PRESIDENT OF RABBIS FOR ROMNEY , I WORKED DAY AND NIGHT TO CONVINCE Jews not to vote for Obama. This is what you get. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

Big Mike said...

Thank you Rabbi! I am honored you responded.
You are so correct-elections have consequences. America made a big mistake in this election.
Bless you rabbi!