Our libertarian friend Deroy Murdock lowers a serious boom on Chuck Hagel today at NRO. In addition to concisely cataloguing lots of better-known Hagelian slams on Israel and/or Jews, Murdock shows that Hagel even snubbed Jews in his own home state while a senator:
“During his last year in office, we knew he was not going to run again, he never returned any of our calls,” Jewish activist Gary Javitch told the Algemeiner website on December 21. “I have always gotten callbacks, even as a turn-down.”
“He was not the most responsive politician in Nebraska to me personally at the Jewish Press and to the Jewish community as a whole,” said Carol Katzman, the former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press. Nebraska’s representatives otherwise “were all very responsive,” she said. “It didn’t really matter what their party affiliation was, if we were soliciting them for an interview or a greeting ad for Rosh Hashanah or Passover.” However, “Hagel’s office never even responded. . . . We would make repeated calls” that went unanswered, she added. “It was pretty obvious that he and his staff were dismissive.” Katzman concluded: “Hagel was the only one we have had in Nebraska who basically showed the Jewish community that he didn’t give a damn about the Jewish community or any of our concerns.”
Are Hagel’s words anti-Semitic? Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and tell them what you think.
As Murdock is anything but a neocon, this shows, again, that the objections to Hagel are anything but limited to one subset of the conservative movement.