Does This Comment Make Chuck Hagel a Philo-Semite?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

From Chemi Shalev:

President Barack Obama's controversial candidate for the post of U.S. Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, believes that in any Middle East peace agreement there is only one issue that is not negotiable: Israel's Jewish identity.

The former Republican senator from Nebraska, described by conservative Republicans and Jewish critics as "antagonistic" toward Israel and even as a "borderline anti-Semite" wrote in his 2008 book America; Our Next Chapter that any U.S. president is required "to engage actively in the dangerous and politically risky business of peacemaking. We know that a peace settlement will not happen if the parties are left to their own devices."

However, Hagel added, "there is one important given that is not negotiable: a comprehensive solution should not include any compromise regarding Israel's Jewish identity."

My take on the accusation that Hagel is an anti-Semite can be found here.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/does-this-comment-make-chuck-hagel-a-philo-semite/266913/