Was it not only 60 days ago that President Obama was the so-called best friend of the Jews and Israel? Well, sure enough the liberal American Jewish community in overwhelming numbers voted for him. And now, we see the Anti-Israel former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel nominated for Secretary of Defense.
As the headline in The Algemeiner Journal says: “Nebraska Jews Recall Senator Chuck Hagel as ‘Unfriendly’ and ‘Unmovable’ on Israel, ‘Didn’t Give a Damn About the Jewish Community.’” As the former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press saying “Hagel was the only one we have had in Nebraska, who basically showed the Jewish community that he didn’t give a damn about the Jewish community or any of our concerns.” And that’s the way of the Obama Administration.
Nearly across the board, American Jews are standing against Hagel:
- The (Jewish) Former Mayor of New York Ed Koch said about Obama: “Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when he would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel it comes a little earlier than I thought it would.” “I’m sure that the Arabs are drinking orange juice and toasting Hagel’s good health – I believe it will encourage the Iranian program. I believe it will encourage the jihadists.”
- President Obama supporter Alan Dershowitz said nominating Hagel was a mistake: “I think it’s a mistake. I think it makes it more likely that Iran will persist in its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. This will send a message to the Iranian Mullahs of softness, to nominate a man who is opposed to sanctions and who is opposed to the military option.” “The Iranians are celebrating this appointment in Tehran, this was a great appointment for Tehran, and it’s a green light or at least a yellow light for them to pursue their nuclear program.” “I makes it more likely that Iran will actually move towards developing a nuclear program and it makes it more likely that there will have to be a military response. This is a very bad nomination for peace.”
- The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on Monday called the Hagel nomination “a blow to U.S.-Israel relations, to the President’s relationship with the American Jewish community, and to U.S. security in the Middle East.” One wonders why the left is never blamed for harming the cause of “peace” in the Middle East?