yet, yet more tendentious paraphrases of things hagel may or may not have said years ago
I’d like to interpret all this as the final death throes of zionazi thought policing in USAia, but I know they are going to stage a gigantic kissy fest in March with Obama in Jayloomia, which may rebuild the fantasy for a little while. Obama can learn from Mitt Romney’s speech in Jayloomia, which as I recall went somewhat as follows:
It’s a distinct privilege for me to be able to hire a conference alcove here in the Hewn Chamber of the mythical King Doodleysquat of Jayloomia. Our two nations are more than 5,000 miles apart, but for a USAian abroad you can’t get much closer to the ideals and convictions of my own country than you do in Jayloomia. We are part of the great fellowship of plutocracies. We speak the same language of free profit-taking, and the right of every person to live on his own earnings. We serve the same cause and we provoke the same hatreds in the same enemies of free enterprise. Ours is not an alliance based only on shared investments, but also on enduring shared values. We both believe that our rights are universal, granted not by our governments, but by the global free market. We must work together to change hearts and awaken minds to the power of casino capitalism, unlimited exploitation, and speculators’ rights. May Hand the Invisible bless my country of USAia, and may He bless and protect the tiny enclave of Jayloomia.
Report: Hagel Said Israel Headed Toward Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’
Alana Goodman, Washington Free Beacon, Feb 19 2013
Chuck Hagel said Israel is on its way to becoming an apartheid state during an Apr 9 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, according to a contemporaneous account by an attendee. Hagel also accused Israel of violating UN resolutions, called for Hamas to be included in any peace negotiations, and described Netanyahu as a radical, according to the source. Kenneth Wagner, who attended the 2010 speech while a Rutgers University law student, provided the Washington Free Beacon with an email he sent during the event to a contact at AIPAC. The email is time-stamped Apr 9 2010 11:37 AM. Wagner wrote in the email:
I am sitting in a lecture by Chuck Hagel at Rutgers. He basically said that Israel has violated every UN resolution since 1967, that Israel has violated its agreements with the quartet, that it was risking becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state. He said that the settlements were getting close to the point where a contiguous Palestinian state would be impossible. He said that Netanyahu was a radical and that even Livni, who was hard-nosed, thought he was too radical and so wouldn’t join in a coalition with him. He said that Hamas has to be brought into any peace negotiation.
Wagner said the remarks were made during the Q&A session. The speech took place at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark. Wagner, a pro-Israel activist, reiterated the account in an interview with the Free Beacon and called Hagel’s comments pretty shocking. Wagner told the Free Beacon:
I was very surprised at his attitude, because I had been listening to politicians speak about the situation in the Middle East and the USrael relationship for about two decades, and it was probably the most negative thing I’d ever heard anybody in elected office say.
Hagel has been forced to respond to a report concerning the Q&A portion of a 2007 speech at Rutgers. The Free Beacon reported Thursday on a contemporaneous account of the 2007 speech. The report, written by Hagel supporter and political consultant George Ajjan, claimed Hagel had described the US State Dept as an extension of the Israeli government. Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte on Friday sent a letter to Hagel requesting an explanation of the alleged comments. The ADL also called on Hagel to explain, and the AJC said that further Senate deliberation is called for before any final vote is taken. Hagel wrote in a reply letter to Graham and Ayotte on Feb 16:
I do not recall making any such statement, or ever making any similar statement. I completely disavow the content of the alleged statement attributed to me.
Another attendee at the 2007 speech, Rutgers Professor Charles Häberl, said he is certain Hagel did not say the State Dept was an adjunct of the Israeli government, BuzzFeed reported today. Ajjan stood by his account and said he is the only person who has provided a written report from the time. Ajjan told the Free Beacon:
If somebody comes out with a transcript and those words aren’t uttered, I’d be the first one to say, ‘My apologies. I wrote something down that was wrong. I misheard it, or I misreported it,’ if that’s the case. I’m a conscientious person. When I was blogging at that time, I did my best to record things accurately. There’s no way that I would pick a phrase like ‘adjunct of the Israeli foreign ministry.’ That’s a pretty odd combination of words to use. I wouldn’t have just pulled those out of thin air. I suppose Charles Häberl thinks that I’m somehow trying to disparage Chuck Hagel or cast a dark shadow over his confirmation hearings. That’s not the case at all. And I certainly don’t wish to besmirch the people who organized the event. I very much enjoyed the event, I appreciate the people who organized it.
The Free Beacon is working to obtain a transcript and video of Hagel’s comments during the question and answer sessions at Rutgers in both 2007 and 2010, and is continuing to speak to others who attended both events.