Shortly after President Barack Obama announced Chuck Hagel as his nominee for Secretary of Defense Tuesday, a pro-Israel group made their opinion known on the web.
The Emergency Committee for Israel purchased the domain ChuckHagel.com, declaring that “Chuck Hagel is not a responsible option,” including statements about his stance on Israel, Syria, Iran, and terrorism.
“Chuck Hagel has sought to distance the United States from Israel, blame Israel for Palestinian terrorism, pressure Israel to surrender territory and retreat to indefensible borders, and has consistently attempted to increase pressure on Israel and reduce it on Israel’s foes,” according to the site.
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But the website isn’t the only way the EIC has attacked Hagel and his alleged anti-Israel views. Beginning in December, the group aired cable ads on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN in the Washington, D.C. area, according to Politico. The ads claim that Obama’s support of sanctions in Iran and the prevention of nuclear arms in the country are not shared by Hagel.
However, in an interview with the Lincoln Star Journal, the Nebraska senator said the opposite. He told the paper that an examination of his voting record and statement will show that he has an "unequivocal, total support for Israel" and that critics have “completely distorted” his record.
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