Mr. Farrakhan endorsed Mr. Hagel during the recent annual Saviours’ Day convention, calling Mr. Hagel’s “Jewish lobby” comments — the same ones decried by members of the Republican Party as anti-Israel — a positive remark that would actually keep the United States from joining any of Israel’s future wars, Breitbart reported.
In his book, Mr. Hagel criticized the Senate’s tendency to support Israel absent any debate and said the Jewish lobby intimidated members of Congress. Some see those comments as evidence of how Mr. Hagel would use his defense leadership role to sway American policy away from Israel. But not Mr. Farrakhan.
“So let me tell you, Senator Hagel is in trouble, but American needs a man in Congress like that, who’s not a rubber stamp for others,” he said, as quoted by National Review Online. “You need a man like Senator Hagel as your Secretary of Defense. A man with a mind like that will keep you out of fighting somebody else’s wars. … If the Senate does not confirm him as defense secretary because of his opinion on Israel, that only proves that the Senate in the U.S. Congress is controlled by the Israeli lobby.”
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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