Wednesday, January 9, 2013

If there ever was any doubt about Obama-stop Hagel express

Contact your US Senator today-tell him he must oppose this anti Semite anti Israel nominee of Obama's for sec. defense

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Ed Koch: I Knew Obama Would Betray Israel
I admire former Mayor Ed Koch’s willingness to break with his own party on issues of principle, but his comments to the Algemeiner today are mind-boggling. In between some very strong denunciations of the Chuck Hagel nomination, Koch casually let it drop that he suspected Obama would abandon his pro-Israel positions after the election

If you STILL support Obama after this, its clear you have no interest in Israel's survival

A history of anti-Jewish statements, in addition to overt hostility to members of the Jewish community. A stated reluctance to confront Iran. A belief that Israel is the source of recalcitrance in the Middle East.

Statements attributed to secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel demonstrate all these facts. But perhaps more striking is President Obama's willingness to nominate Hagel at all. One could easily conclude that President Obama, having won re-election with nearly 70 percent of the Jewish vote, will now reveal his true attitude to Israel and the Jewish community. His first move is the nomination of Chuck Hagel.

A long history of anti-Jewish statements:

On December 21, the Algemeiner published a long article describing the attitude of former Senator Hagel toward members of the Jewish community in Nebraska, his home state. One choice tidbit:

Former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press, Carol Katzman, who was in that role while Hagel was in office, related her experiences with him in an interview with The Algemeiner.

“He was not the most responsive politician in Nebraska to me personally at the Jewish Press and to the Jewish community as a whole,” she said. “Every other senator, Nelson, Mike Johanns, (congressman) Lee Terry and (congressman) Peter Hoagland they were all very responsive,” she explained, “it didn’t really matter what their party affiliation was, if we were soliciting them for an interview or a greeting ad for Rosh Hashonah or Passover.”

However Katzman says that “Hagel’s office never even responded,” adding, “we would make repeated calls, (and received) no response it was pretty obvious that he and his staff were dismissive.”

“The universal feeling in the Jewish community was don’t bother, don’t waste your time, Katzman said, “I think after a while people gave up and said, we were not going to get anywhere.” “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,” Katzman concluded.

A stated reluctance to confront Iran. The Emergency Committee for Israel has built an entire Web site that details Hagel's placation of Iran and its allies.

In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging that President Bush highlight Iran’s nuclear program while at the G-8 summit.

In April 2006, in a speech in Islamabad, Pakistan, Hagel declared that “a military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option.”

In August 2006, Hagel was only of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter asking the EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

In October 2008, Hagel was cited as “solely responsible” for holding up a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill in the Senate that had 72 co-sponsors.

A belief that Israel is the source of hostility and recalcitrance in the Middle East. The list here is long, but again, the Emergency Committee Web site has done a good job of putting together the relevant quotes and context.

In October 2000, Hagel was one of only four Senators who refused to sign a letter expressing support for Israel during the Palestinian intifada.

In July 2006, Hagel called on President Bush to demand an immediate cease-fire when Israel retaliated against Hezbollah after the terrorist group attacked Israel, killed and abducted IDF soldiers, and fired rockets at Israeli civilians. Hagel said: “This madness must stop,” and accused Israel of “the systematic destruction of an American friend — the country and people of Lebanon.”

In March 2007, the National Jewish Democratic Council said Hagel has “a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel.”

In September 2010, former executive director of AIPAC Morris Amitay said of Hagel: “I would regard him as the bottom of the class as far as Israel goes.”

Of course, Hagel also said the "Jewish lobby" has too much influence in Washington.

Democrats who supported President Obama in the recent presidential race (including Alan Dershowitz and Ed Koch) are already questioning the president's oft-repeated commitment to the Jewish state. The fact that a one-time member of an antisemitic church has now nominated Hagel at a particularly sensitive time in Israel's history may be Barack Obama's answer.

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