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April 29, 2011 | By Aaron David Miller
Among the most durable pieces of conventional wisdom circulating in Washington these days is that President Obama would never risk a confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (when he comes to town in May) out of fear of angering Israel's supporters in America a year before the U.S. presidential election. The notion that domestic politics and the pro-Israel community hold the president's Middle East policy hostage seems to bind Washington like a hard-and-fast political law of gravity.
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January 15, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, an influential voice on U.S.-Israel relations, endorsed the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become Defense secretary Tuesday, giving the White House a key vote for its choice to lead the Pentagon. The New York Democrat had initially expressed reservations about Hagel's nomination. But after a 90-minute meeting at the White House on Monday, Schumer said in a statement that Hagel had distanced himself in their talks from controversial positions on Israel and Iran that were threatening to hold up his confirmation by the Senate.
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OPINION
December 20, 2012
First, critics went after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and unfairly short-circuited her candidacy to be secretary of State. Now, a similar campaign is being waged against former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who reportedly is President Obama's choice to be secretary of Defense. We aren't ready to pronounce Hagel qualified for the position. But once again, just as with Rice, the comments being seized on by his opponents are not sufficient to disqualify him from consideration. There are essentially three counts in the indictment: that he is too eager to reduce Pentagon spending; that as a senator he opposed sanctions against Iran at a time when that country was meddling in Iraq; and that he is hostile to Israel.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For all the controversy over President Obama's choice for Defense secretary, many of Chuck Hagel's most outspoken critics were for the former Nebraska senator before they were against him. In 2006, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who forged a close bond with Hagel over their shared service in Vietnam and penchant for bucking the Republican establishment, said, "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. " In 2007, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that many of Hagel's dire predictions about the Iraq war had come true.
OPINION
August 26, 2002
I have often wondered how the Jewish lobby could be so powerful (Aug. 21). The answer may be seen in this year's primaries where, last week in Georgia, Denise Majette, supported by Jewish and pro-Israeli groups, defeated Democratic Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney. Earlier this year, in Alabama, it was reported that Artur Davis defeated Democratic Rep. Earl Hilliard for the same reason. Both McKinney and Hilliard sought a just peace for the Palestinian territories, and both were defeated by the pro-Israeli constituency.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, an influential voice on U.S.-Israel relations, endorsed the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to become Defense secretary Tuesday, giving the White House a key vote for its choice to lead the Pentagon. The New York Democrat had initially expressed reservations about Hagel's nomination. But after a 90-minute meeting at the White House on Monday, Schumer said in a statement that Hagel had distanced himself in their talks from controversial positions on Israel and Iran that were threatening to hold up his confirmation by the Senate.
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - The rough road to confirmation facing former Sen. Chuck Hagel if he is nominated as expected to be the next secretary of Defense was made clear Sunday as conservatives denounced his anticipated selection and painted the Vietnam veteran as out of step with mainstream foreign policy views. Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina predicted that Hagel would be “the most antagonistic secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history” and called his pick by President Obama an “in-your-face nomination.” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, describing the choice as “very peculiar,” said on “Fox News Sunday” that Hagel did not have “a particularly distinguished record.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while promising that Hagel would get a “fair hearing,” said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he would get “tough questions” in a confirmation process.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For all the controversy over President Obama's choice for Defense secretary, many of Chuck Hagel's most outspoken critics were for the former Nebraska senator before they were against him. In 2006, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who forged a close bond with Hagel over their shared service in Vietnam and penchant for bucking the Republican establishment, said, "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. " In 2007, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged that many of Hagel's dire predictions about the Iraq war had come true.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican George W. Bush on Monday lashed out at the Clinton administration's handling of the Mideast peace process, demonstrating his willingness to fight both Vice President Al Gore and the president in his bid for the White House. Appearing before the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the country, the presumed Republican nominee accused Clinton of hobbling Israel's ability to negotiate with the Palestinians by insisting on an unrealistic schedule for peace.
OPINION
October 17, 2007
Re "No high hopes on Mideast trip, Rice says," Oct. 15 I am afraid that the U.S. peace conference proposed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for November in Annapolis, Md., to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead on arrival. The Palestinians and the Arabs want to discuss the premises for a viable Palestinian state, but Israel and the Jewish lobby don't want to hear of it. Unfortunately, Rice is not in control of America's Mideast policy; the Israel lobby is. Reno S.
OPINION
January 8, 2013 | By Aaron David Miller
Jews worry for a living. Their dark history and, in the case of American Jews, their legitimate concerns about the security of the state of Israel impel them to do so. But sometimes those concerns are overblown and reflect a kind of collective cosmic oy vey that gets in the way of sound and rational judgment. Such is the case in the matter of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Defense. Some of the comments attributed to Hagel about lobbies, Israel and the like come from an interview he gave me for my last book about American Middle East policy, particularly his use of the term "Jewish lobby.
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - The rough road to confirmation facing former Sen. Chuck Hagel if he is nominated as expected to be the next secretary of Defense was made clear Sunday as conservatives denounced his anticipated selection and painted the Vietnam veteran as out of step with mainstream foreign policy views. Speaking on CNN's “State of the Union,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina predicted that Hagel would be “the most antagonistic secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history” and called his pick by President Obama an “in-your-face nomination.” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, describing the choice as “very peculiar,” said on “Fox News Sunday” that Hagel did not have “a particularly distinguished record.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while promising that Hagel would get a “fair hearing,” said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he would get “tough questions” in a confirmation process.
OPINION
April 29, 2011 | By Aaron David Miller
Among the most durable pieces of conventional wisdom circulating in Washington these days is that President Obama would never risk a confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (when he comes to town in May) out of fear of angering Israel's supporters in America a year before the U.S. presidential election. The notion that domestic politics and the pro-Israel community hold the president's Middle East policy hostage seems to bind Washington like a hard-and-fast political law of gravity.
OPINION
August 26, 2002
I have often wondered how the Jewish lobby could be so powerful (Aug. 21). The answer may be seen in this year's primaries where, last week in Georgia, Denise Majette, supported by Jewish and pro-Israeli groups, defeated Democratic Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney. Earlier this year, in Alabama, it was reported that Artur Davis defeated Democratic Rep. Earl Hilliard for the same reason. Both McKinney and Hilliard sought a just peace for the Palestinian territories, and both were defeated by the pro-Israeli constituency.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican George W. Bush on Monday lashed out at the Clinton administration's handling of the Mideast peace process, demonstrating his willingness to fight both Vice President Al Gore and the president in his bid for the White House. Appearing before the most powerful pro-Israel lobby in the country, the presumed Republican nominee accused Clinton of hobbling Israel's ability to negotiate with the Palestinians by insisting on an unrealistic schedule for peace.
NEWS
August 13, 1994 | Associated Press
Jewish groups in Italy and abroad demanded Friday that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi denounce a Cabinet minister for suggesting "the New York Jewish lobby" was behind the plunging lira. Labor Minister Clemente Mastella later apologized, but the World Jewish Congress said it would complain to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Berlusconi has been criticized, particularly in Western Europe, for including the National Alliance in his 3-month-old conservative coalition.
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