The Hagel Finagle

By JERROLD SOBEL, AMERICAN THINKER— Despite the most inane confirmation hearing performance in recent memory, after embarrassingly stumbling and bumbling through eight hours of straight up questioning, it’s a done deal, Chuck Hagel was confirmed and became the United States 23rd Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. His confirmation became assured lastThursday, after five term Republican…

Obama's 'friends of Hamas'? Records of Hagel and Brennan both suggest ties to Islamists

By FRANK GAFFNEY, JWREVIEW— Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.…

US Ambassador: Obama visit not connected to coalition talks

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— US Ambassador Dan Shapiro dismissed speculation on Wednesday that the timing of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel is somehow aimed at impacting the coalition talks. “Obviously we don’t play a role and have no intention of interfering in Israeli coalition negotiations,” Shapiro told The Jerusalem Post, responding to claims…

Why elections in Israel may not warm relationship with Obama

By HOWARD LAFRANCHI, JWREVIEW— Elections can sometimes lead to new beginnings and bold initiatives, but few Middle East experts expect a rosy hue to suddenly color US-Israel relations after Tuesday’s national elections in Israel. Two key reasons explain why recent tensions in relations are likely to continue, analysts say: differences over the approach required to…

'Netanyahu will work with Obama while safeguarding Israel's interests'

By ISRAEL HAYOM— “ Netanyahu will know how to work with Obama very well while at the same time safeguarding Israel’s interests,” Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who also acts as the Likud party’s election campaign chairman, said on Tuesday. “Netanyahu has the edge over all the other candidates in the diplomatic arena too, not just…

Hagel backers trying to redefine pro-Israel

By JONATHAN TOBIN— Chuck Hagel told the Lincoln Journal Star this week there wasn’t “one shred of evidence that anti-Israeli.” President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense claimed the criticism of his record and statements on both Israel and Iran is nothing but “falsehoods and distortions.” That’s a message that is being taken up…