I guess when you’re shipping F-16s to a country run by a group committed to the mass murder of Jews and Christians, suddenly a “Jewish Lobby” remark is no longer even worth bothering with.
Q First, just a quick follow-up on the question about Senator Hagel. One of the reasons he’s been criticized lately is he was quoted saying that, “The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here” — when he was a senator. “I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator.” He currently serves in a role for the administration, so I just want to give you an opportunity to address this. Does he deny having said that and does the administration –
MR. CARNEY: Again, I think you ought to address that question to Senator Hagel. I’m not — we’re not in a process — and we’ve been through this before with Ambassador Rice where there’s an effort to go after somebody. And we haven’t nominated anyone. We have made no personnel announcements, and I’m not going to engage in that.
What I can tell you is that Senator Hagel fought and bled for his country. He served his country well. He was an excellent senator. And I say that as somebody who covered him as much as somebody who is speaking for the White House. Beyond that, I just don’t — I’m not going to engage in this kind of process.
The second paragraph discredits the first paragraph, after saying that he won’t address that, Carney goes and launches the usual Kerry full-throated defense of Hagel.
Abe Foxman of the ADL had this to say.
Chuck Hagel would not be the first, second, or third choice for the American Jewish community’s friends of Israel. His record relating to Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship is, at best, disturbing, and at worst, very troubling. The sentiments he’s expressed about the Jewish lobby border on anti-Semitism in the genre of professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt and former president Jimmy Carter.
Let’s not forget the current one either.