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RSA on Hagel

RSA on Hagel

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Published by Zeke Miller
Hagel letter
Hagel letter

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Published by: Zeke Miller on Jan 11, 2013
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THE RECORD OF SENATOR HAGELThe most outstanding thing about the Senator's record on the threats Americaand its allies face is the consistent solicitude he has shown toward Iran andthe terrorist organizations and states it funds: Hezbollah, Hamas, and Syria.For example:In October 2000, when Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority (PA) launched aterror war against Israel after rejecting without counter-offer a plan forPalestinian statehood accepted by Israel, Hagel was one of only four senatorswho refused to sign a Senate letter in support of Israel.In July 2001, Hagel was in a minority of only two senators to vote againstextending the original Iran-Libya sanctions bill, designed to deny bothregimes revenues that would assist their weapons of mass destructionprograms.In April 2002, Hagel was one of only 10 senators to oppose banning the theimport to America of Iraqi oil until Iraq stopped compensating the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. In November 2003, he failed to vote on theSyria Accountability Act (passed by 89 to 4) imposing sanctions on Syria forits support of terrorism and occupation of Lebanon.In 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging Bush to highlight Iran's nuclearprogram at the G-8 summit.In 2004, 2007 and 2008 Senator Hagel voted against Iran sanctions.In 2006 Hagel was one of only twelve senators who refused to write the EUasking them to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization
In 2006, at the outbreak of the Lebanon war, Hagel argued against givingIsrael the time to break Hizballah, urging instead an immediate ceasefire. Thefollowing month, he was one of only 12 Senators who refused to formallycall upon the European Union to declare Hizballah a terrorist organization.The same year, he gave an interview to former Middle Eastnegotiator, Aaron David Miller, which appeared in Miller's 2008 book, TheMuch Too Promised Land, in which he said that "the Jewish lobbyintimidates a lot of people" on Capitol Hill.In 2007, Hagel declined to support the bipartisan Iran Counter ProliferationAct aimed at targeting governments and businesses that assist Iran's nuclearprogram. The following year, a congressional aide told the Huffington Postthat Hagel was he was "solely responsible" for blocking an Iran sanctionsbill.In 2009, Hagel signed a letter urging President Obama to begin directnegotiations with Hamas, a U.S. designated terrorist group committed in itsCharter to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. Just last week, theAtlantic Council, which Hagel chairs, published an article entitled 'Israel'sApartheid Policy,' equating Israel with South Africa's historic racist policy.Hagel also serves on the board of directors of Deutsche Bank, which iscurrently under probe in Washington for possible violations of sanctionsHagel opposed as senator.Senator Hagel's statement "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people uphere," denigrates faithful citizens whose families have been persecutedthroughout the millennium, and intimates that American Jews have an agendaother than the survival of their beloved America and the Jewish Homeland,Israel.A great threat to America and its allies is Iranian expansionism, its statesponsored terrorism, and its developing nuclear weapons program. We need a

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