Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:34 AM PST
In writing about Chuck Hagel, I have been disinclined to accuse him of anti-Semitism. One can hold noxious views about Israel without disliking Jews. And if one isn’t terribly bright, one can sometimes state anti-Israel views in ways that suggest (but don’t prove) anti-Semitism.
But this piece by Elliott Abrams makes me wonder whether Hagel has a problem with Jews. Abrams cites two sources of concern. The first is the view of the Jewish community in Nebraska, Hagel’s home state:
The second source of concern is Hagel’s attitude towards the Sixth Fleet’s USO Center in Haifa, Israel. Despite the great success of that facility (the Israeli who headed it was given a prize by the U.S. Navy for her work) Hagel wanted to shut it down. Fair enough, if you’re a fiscal hawk. But in stating his case, Hagel said, “Let the Jews pay for it.”
The evidence marshaled by Abrams should be of concern to the Senate Armed Services Committee in its consideration of Hagel’s nomination:
We already knew that Hagel is not above low prejudice — his comments about the gay nominee for ambassador to Luxemburg demonstrate that. It is hardly far-fetched, therefore, to believe that Hagel’s references to Jews and the “Jewish lobby” reflect prejudice.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Is Hagel an anti Semite?
Posted by Jewish Education at 8:23 AM