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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hagel "Israel Headed Toward Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’"

Another day, another Hagel revelation. Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon has found another Hagel speech at Rutgers, this one from 2010.

A law student named  Kenneth Wagner attended the 2010 speech and at the time sent his impressions to a friend. The email is time-stamped April 9, 2010, at 11:37 AM.
“I am sitting in a lecture by Chuck Hagel at Rutgers,” Wagner wrote in the email. “He basically said that Israel has violated every UN resolution since 1967, that Israel has violated its agreements with the quartet, that it was risking becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state. He said that the settlements were getting close to the point where a contiguous Palestinian state would be impossible.”

“He said that he [thought] that Netanyahu was a radical and that even [former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi] Livni, who was hard nosed thought he was too radical and so wouldn’t join in a coalition [government] with him. … He said that Hamas has to be brought in to any peace negotiation,” Wagner wrote.
Wagner said the remarks were made during the Q&A session. The speech took place at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark.

Wagner, a pro-Israel activist, reiterated the account in an interview with the Free Beacon and called Hagel’s comments “pretty shocking.”

“I was very surprised at his attitude because I had been listening to politicians speak about the situation in the Middle East and the U.S. Israel relationship for about two decades,” Wagner told the Free Beacon. “And it was probably the most negative thing I’d ever heard anybody in elected office say.”
Last week Ms Goodman reported about another speech then-Senator Hagel gave at Rutgers in 2007. The report, written by Hagel supporter and political consultant George Ajjan, claimed Hagel had described the U.S. Department of State as an extension of the Israeli government.

Senator Schumer, tell us again how you trust this guy? Senator McCain do you still think you should ease up on the filibuster?

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