“I know some will question whether Senator Hagel’s assurances are merely attempts to quiet critics as he seeks confirmation to this critical post. But I don’t think so,” Mr. Schumer said. “Senator Hagel realizes the situation in the Middle East has changed, with Israel in a dramatically more endangered position than it was even five years ago. His views are genuine and reflect this new reality.”
The former Nebraska senator, who served as a Republican, angered many in his party by supporting Democrats in elections and by taking a starkly divergent view on key military policy questions.
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