[Rushtalk] Ros-Lehtinen: Hagel Doesn't View Israel as a US 'Ally'

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Ros-Lehtinen: Hagel Doesn't View Israel as a US 'Ally'

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: “Chuck Hagel has a difficult time
understanding that Israel is our ally."
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By Rachel Hirshfeld 
First Publish: 1/13/2013, 11:01 PM

defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel
defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who has been named to lead the new
Middle East and North Africa subcommittee after stepping down as
chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Saturday she has
deep concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), President Obama's
nominee for secretary of defense.

Echoing the apprehension of the mainstream Jewish communityregarding
Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran, Ros-Lehtinen told Fox News that she
thinks “Chuck Hagel has a difficult time understanding that Israel is
our ally."

Hagel's past statements on Israel and the Middle East appear to
underestimate the threat Iran continues to pose to the Jewish state,
America's chief ally in the region, she said.

"I worry about the vision President Obama has for our Department of
Defense if he thinks that Chuck Hagel is the best person" to lead the
Pentagon, she added, urging the Senate to give the nominee a thorough
vetting prior to his potential confirmation.

In a move that was met with strong opposition from the Jewish community,
President Obama this week nominated Hagel to succeed retiring Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta.

Jewish groups, together with gay rights groups, have been forcefully
opposing the nomination, citing the former Nebraska senator's past
remarks, which have proven worrisome to both minority communities.

Among numerous other issues, critics have pointed to Hagel’s opposition
to sanctions against Iran’s nuclear programs and statements regarding
the power of what he called the "Jewish lobby" on Capitol Hill.

In addition to Hagel’s comments affecting the Jewish community, he had
voted against extending basic employment nondiscrimination protections
and the federal hate-crimes law to cover gay Americans. He also opposed
former President Bill Clinton’s nomination of James Hormel to be the
ambassador to Luxembourg, calling him “openly, aggressively gay.”

Furthermore, it has recently emerged that the Atlantic Council, a think
tank chaired by the controversial nominee, predicted that a
“post-mullah” Iran that could emerge by 2030, would be reason for Iran
to “be viewed as a potential natural partner” for the United States.

In a December policy paper titled “Envisioning 2030: U.S. Strategy for a
Post-Western World,” the think tank asserts that a “post-mullah
dominated government shedding Shia [Muslim] ideology could easily return
to being a net contributor to stability by 2030.”

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