I wonder if Josh Gerstein of Politico had to suppress an involuntary snort of horrified laughter?
Some who have worked with Hagel on foreign policy issues say the attacks are absurd and that his views on the Mideast are mainstream.
“He has never expressed a thought that could be considered even remotely hostile to the people of Israel or the State of Israel. … The charges are simply absurd,” said Henry Siegman of the U.S./Middle East Project, which prepared some of the policy statements that Hagel endorsed. “The charges of anti-Semitism are vicious, really ugly stuff.”
Siegman suggested that many of Hagel’s critics aren’t advocating for Jews or for Israel but for the Likud Party-led government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Pro-tip: when you’re trying to defend a man against being an anti-Semite, don’t suggest that the reason for the initial charges is because of an international Jewish conspiracy. It… muddles… the message; or perhaps it does not.
PS: I hear that the President is really and truly going to pull the trigger on this one. …Thanks for the rallying point, I guess.
Hagel surrogate in Politico rebuts charge of anti-Israel bias by saying critics are just advocating for Likud. bit.ly/13a5Gc9
— Michael Goldfarb (@thegoldfarb) January 7, 2013