Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections

Monday the National Journal reported that President Barack Obama is reconsidering his decision to appoint former Senator Chuck Hagel secretary of defense. Hagel’s looming appointment provoked angry responses from many leading Jewish voices in the US. Whether this opposition made a difference in driving Obama to reconsider his choice is unclear. Other influential groups –…

Democrats speak out against Hagel as Flournoy’s star rises

By JENNIFER RUBIN — WAPOST — Since the Anti-Defamation League this morning told Right Turn that potential defense secretary Chuck Hagel has made statements that “border on anti-Semitism,” Democratic lawmakers are speaking out and there is renewed interest in another contender, whose selection would also allay women’s groups complaining about the all-male lineup for second-term top…

US Senate unanimous in 'unwavering commitment' to Israel

By Michal Shmulovich, Times of Israel— The United States Senate sent a message of solidarity to Israel on Thursday by unanimously passing a resolution that expressed firm support for Israel’s right to protect its people from terrorism on the second day of Pillar of Defense. Introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL),…

Israel's situation post-elections

By BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— “Don’t Panic” – Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy What should Israel’s policy and priorities be during President Barack Obama’s second term? There will be two key themes: minimize antagonism and cope with the negative consequences of US regional policy. Protect bilateral relations Israel’s government must ensure continued US aid,…