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Shame on Jewish Democrats
Op-ed: Republican senators were the only ones who
passionately grilled Hagel on his lack of support for Israel
By Shoula Romano Horing
February 12, 2013 "YNet
-- Watching the Chuck Hagel US Senate confirmation
hearings for secretary of defense, I almost became
physically sick. To watch my fellow Jewish senators, all
liberal Democrats, suck up to Obama and Hagel with softball
questions against the interests of their own people and
Israel was more than I could handle. The spectacle of
southern Republicans senators, with almost no Jewish
constituents in their states, standing up for the Jewish
people and Israel against Hagel's evasive and nonsensical
responses, while fellow Jews sat idly by, will stick with me
for a long time.
Bless the Republicans for doing what is right while shame on
my fellow Jews for not learning from history. The actions of
these Jewish Democrats concerning the Hagel nomination do
not bode well for the future of our people or Israel.
Committee chairman, Democratic Jewish Senator Carl Levin,
who prior to the hearing had already indicated his support
for Hagel's nomination by calling him "well qualified,
included in his opening remarks only a reference to Hagel's
"troubling statements" concerning Iran without specifics or
follow up, with not even one mention of Israel. During the
hearing it was Levin who called Hagel "a person of
integrity" and came to his rescue when Hagel was confused
about US policy regarding Iran and containment.
The other Jewish senator on the committee, Richard
Blumenthal, totally ignored Hagel's record concerning Israel
and only murmured his dismay that a man who had served the
country had to endure strong inquiries from the Republicans.
After the hearings, he stated that he would support Hagel
despite the fact that most observers believed that Hagel
looked confused, uninformed, and ill equipped for the
position during the hearing.
It was the Republicans who were the first and only senators
who challenged Hagel's previous statement on the Jewish
lobby. "The political reality is Ö that the Jewish lobby
intimidates a lot of people up here,Ē Hagel told former
Mideast peace negotiator Aaron David Miller in a 2006
interview. ďI have always argued against some of the dumb
things they do because I donít think itís in the interest of
Israel. I just donít think itís smart for Israel.Ē Senator
Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, pressed Hagel on
whether he still believes that is true.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina followed
up by asking Hagel to "name one senator" who had been
intimidated in that way by AIPAC and name "one dumb thing we
(Senate) have been goaded into doing because of the pressure
from the Israeli lobby," adding "I cannot think of a more
provocative thing to say about the relationship between the
US and Israel."
Despite the fact that 69% of the Jews voted for Obama and
donated heavily to the Democratic Party, the Republican
senators were the only ones who passionately grilled and
interrogated Hagel on his lack of support for Israel, while
all the Democratic senators tried to cover up this fact.
Hagel was confronted by several Republicans for refusing to
sign congressional letters seeking a terrorist designation
for the militant Islamist group Hezbollah and the Iranian
Revolutionary Guards. The ranking Republican senator James
Inhofe of Oklahoma reminded the committee that in 2000 an
overwhelming majority of senators sent a letter he sponsored
to President Clinton reaffirming their solidarity with
Israel during Arafat's terror campaign and Hagel was one of
just four who refused to sign the letter. Senator Graham,
referring to the letter, told Hagel "the lack of signature
by you run chills down my spine."
A month before his death, Ed Koch, the former mayor of NY,
told the Algemeiner Journal that he hoped that Democrats in
Congress will oppose Hagel's appointment, saying "if Hagel
is not confirmed it'll be because the Republicans take him
on and a few good Democrats."
But in reality not even one Democrat was good enough to join
the Republicans, including the eleven Jewish Senators.
Many leading Jewish Democratic senators and congressmen who
are known to be pro-Israel were in a rush to publicly
endorse Hagel weeks in advance of the hearing. The leading
Jewish Senator Schumer from NY needed only 90 minutes of
conversation with Hagel to come out in support of him and to
encourage his Senate colleagues to also support him.
Senators Boxer, Feinstein, and Congresswoman Wasserman, the
chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stated that
even though they were concerned with his comments about the
"Jewish lobby" and his voting record, they accepted Hagel's
regrets and apologies and his verbal reassurances about
supporting Israel and facing Iran.
Purim is coming soon and we will read the Book of Esther.
After Queen Esther told Mordechai, her uncle, that she
cannot go to the king and plead with him to save the Jewish
people because she worried about her own self survival,
Mordechai relayed to Esther the following words: "Do not
think that you will escape the fate of all the Jews by being
in the king's palace. For if you will remain silent at this
time, relief and salvation will come to the Jews from
another source, and you and the house of your father will be
lost. And who knows if it is not for just such a time that
you reached this royal position."
I hope the Jewish senators, congressmen and other
influential Jews who serve in Obama's administration
remember these words before it is too late.
Born and raised in Israel, Shoula is an attorney, university
lecturer, radio show host, opinion columnist and national
public speaker who has lived in the United states since
1980. Her blog:
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