Chuck Hagel meets Ehud Barak (and wants to make sure the Israel lobby knows it)

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(Photo: Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/ U.S. Department of Defense)

Haaretz‘s Barak Ravid reports on today’s meeting between Chuck Hagel and Ehud Barak. Israel doesn’t have to worry about the sequester:

New U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted Defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon on Tuesday, making a special effort to express warmth and friendliness toward his Israeli counterpart during their first meeting together since the prior assumed office.

Hagel assured Barak during their meeting that he was committed to the security of Israel and of preserving the Israel Defense Forces’ qualitative advantage over the armies of the Arab world. He also said that he would work to ensure that U.S. funding toward Israel, particularly with regard to its defense systems, would continue “despite fiscal uncertainty.”

“Secretary Hagel is committed to working with members of Congress to ensure that there is no interruption of funding for Iron Dome, Arrow, and David’s Sling rocket and missile defense systems,” a U.S. defense official said.

Hagel’s nearly two-hour-long talks with Barak represented his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign counterpart since he took over the Pentagon on Feb. 27.

Also sounds like someone is overcompensating a bit:

At the end of their meeting, the Pentagon issued an unusually long and detailed statement regarding their conversation, and published numerous photographs of the two together. The content of the Pentagon’s statement seemed directed more to the American Jewish community and friends of Israel than to Israel itself.

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  1. Woody Tanaka
    March 5, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Great. Americans suffer but the parasites get their money.

    • zenreaper
      March 6, 2013, 6:05 am

      As a soon to be furloughed Federal employee, I assure you, it is not only this, it is ANY foreign aid. The day they announced they could not afford to pay their own employees, Egypt got 60 million. Sorry, but when you cannot pay your bills at home, the FIRST thing you cut is your charitable contrubutions. DOUBLY so when that money is going to a country like Israel who is using it to torture and harrass a people.

    • EUR1069
      March 6, 2013, 10:44 am

      Precisely. Except that the parasite entity feels so firmly in control as to be totally shameless in its voracity & eventually will kill its host. When the financial meltdown hits & all of us will eat from dumpsters the parasite will simple move to the next host.

      For the time being though it has itself covered everywhere by effectually merging the political mechanisms of the U.S. & the ZGE (Zionist Geopolitical Experiment – as Israel cannot be regarded as a legitimate country) on the executive & legislative level.

  2. Kathleen
    March 5, 2013, 3:23 pm

    omg everyone in the picture has a shit eating grin. Send in the donkey

  3. Brown-Eyed Girl
    March 5, 2013, 5:17 pm

    When I heard that Chuck Hagel was nominated to be Sec of Defense and that there was a controversy about his views on the I/P issue and Iran, I was thrilled. I thought it was a bold move on Obama’s part and he was finally showing backbone. Many on this site pointed out Hagel was not that different from Obama himself—-he still favored an interventionist US, just a “smarter” use of power and wanted to “pick” our wars more carefully. Still, reading his speeches gave me a great feeling that someone different would have access to power and the President would finally get advice from someone other than a war-monger. I was greatly disappointed by the confirmation hearings and this pathetic display has convinced me that Hagel is completely neutered. This is embarrassing. He simply has no dignity left. Honestly, how can he stand himself; no job is worth having to castrate oneself. Embarrassing, and with what Joe is saying over at the AIPAC conference shows that, as The Who said, “the party on the left is now the party on the right.”

  4. Ramzi Jaber
    March 5, 2013, 5:17 pm

    Here we go again: accuse the guy of being anti-jew, anti-israel and he’ll OVERCOMPENSATE. AIPAC always finds a way to always win: screw America and screw Americans, zionists first always.

    • biorabbi
      March 5, 2013, 7:44 pm

      Judging from the televised man hug between Hagel and Barak today… perhaps, Ramzi, Hagel is trying to compensate for ‘the Jewish thing’ and ‘the gay thing’ in one photo op =)

      • Ramzi Jaber
        March 5, 2013, 9:41 pm

        You made me laugh, biorabbi!

  5. flyod
    March 5, 2013, 7:39 pm

    glad that’s over with. next

  6. palijustice
    March 5, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Wll, so much for the optimism I had that Hagel might make some changes. I guess he has to prove he”s now and IsraeFirster too. It stinks.

  7. pabelmont
    March 5, 2013, 9:01 pm

    Well, the reaction here is predictable, but is it realistic? Obama tried a shift towards the Arabs at the beginning of his first term and got handed his hat. So now he and his are careful: this is not to say he will EVER say to Israel and the world, “It is time to end the settlement project, it has gotten way out of hand and so longer serves any useful purpose — if it ever did — and it has always been illegal.” BUT — if he is ever to say it, my view is that he will spring it without warning or will do whatever else he will do silently, for instance, urging the EU countries to push Israel on settlements.

    In the USA, AIPAC is king, and no-one must attack a king unless he kill him.

  8. Blank State
    March 5, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Hmmm. And we are supposed to be suprised??

    Look, as I have said here, (and been taken to task for it by the “regulars”), Hagel is a sell-out. He has to be, because he was given the position. If he wasn’t a sell-out, he wouldn’t be were he is.

    Biden, crawling like a worm before the AIPECKERS, pretty well outlined the kinda “change” we can expect from this hapless fraud soiling the rugs in the Oval Office.

  9. Rusty Pipes
    March 5, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Looks like the whole administration is bending over backwards to make sure that the congresscritters have no unpleasant distractions while they push the buttons at the Democrats’ ATM. Obama sure wouldn’t want to get blamed if they fail to get all the donors they need for their 2014 House runs or 2016 Primary bids.

  10. kalithea
    March 6, 2013, 1:37 am

    I’m here to inform you all that the new miniscule circuit board implanted in his brain is functioning perfectly making him totally Aipac amenable

    In other words, he’s now one of the Zionist pod people.

  11. kalithea
    March 6, 2013, 2:18 am

    Let’s face it, you were conned again…by Obama!

  12. Citizen
    March 6, 2013, 3:45 am

    Here’s a quick read, but good reminder, a sort of bird’s eye review of the strength of the “pro-Israel” lobby Hagel faces, along with Obama:

    The “Special Relationship” That Isn’t Because It’s Unique:

    America government at the national level needs an exorcism.

  13. seafoid
    March 6, 2013, 8:45 am

    A previous clasp involving 2 warriors happened in the 1600s in India between the Maratha leader Shivaji and the Mughal Afzal Khan. Shivaji hugged the Mughal and killed him with a metal claw in his hand. But poor Chuck has been tangoed.

  14. just
    March 6, 2013, 11:42 am

    Excuse my juvenile response, but ‘gag a maggot’!

  15. K Renner
    March 6, 2013, 12:50 pm

    And I was so excited when he went out and said what he said. Big disappointment but I’m not surprised.

  16. kalithea
    March 6, 2013, 3:46 pm

    Okay, so I know that there’s no love lost for the Pauls on this site, but you can’t deny they have balls. Rand Paul has spent the past few hours FILIBUSTERING Brennan’s nomination without hardly reaching for water. He’s hammering away at the drone issue. Hello!

    Oh and for those of you who fantasize about a growing affection between Rand Paul and the Lobby:

    “Paul walked to the well of the Senate with a group of fellow Republicans. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who’d voted yes on cloture after Hagel answered his letters, voted against his confirmation. A grinning Sen. Cornyn gratefully shook his hand. Then Paul leaned over the well to announce his vote.

    “Aye,” he said.

    The final tally was 58-to-41, but no other senator voted this way. Hours earlier, the Emergency Committee for Israel had given me a tentative statement congratulating Paul for “a pro-Israel vote today.” They cancelled that statement, effective immediately.”


    (Excerpt from end of the article):

    Now that’s a slap at the Lobby I know STUNG and it fills me with glee!

    p.s. In case you retort with Rand filibustered Hagel as well – Hagel VOTED FOR IRAQ and THE PATRIOT ACT. Hello!

    It’s about time everyone around here take off their rosey-colored Obama glasses.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 6, 2013, 3:57 pm

      he’s been kicking butt @ the filibuster.

      • kalithea
        March 6, 2013, 9:31 pm

        Go Rand Paul! This needs to be done. Someone’s gotta channel Kucinich and kick the Obama administration in the ass! The U.S. turned the corner into the dark side with the Patriot Act and then torture and Obama has taken it much further killing people willy-nilly, killing kids, mothers, grandparents and an American and his kids and without trial, extra-judicially.

        This needs to stop and Obama needs to wake up from this lethal power trip.

  17. German Lefty
    March 7, 2013, 8:01 am

    Just wanted to say that I watched “The Gatekeepers” on German TV yesterday. German residents can watch it here:–7351110.html

    Viewer reactions were mixed.
    Pro-Israel people complained about the sensational German title, which is “Töte zuerst – Der israelische Geheimdienst” (Kill first – the Israeli secret service). They also claimed that the existence of this film proves that Israel is a democracy.
    Apparently, there are also people in Germany who believe that the broadcast of this documentary should be forbidden, because it fuels anti-Jewish sentiments among “Arab youth” in Germany.
    Some people who have been critical of Israel actually wrote that the documentary improved their perception of Israel, because it shows that Zionists, unlike Palestinians, are capable of self-criticism, e.g. “Both Zionists and Palestinians are terrorists, but at least Zionists are honest enough to admit it.”

    Apparently, Dror Moreh was right when he said that this is “the most pro-Israel film” he could have created. “When you see the Titanic heading toward the iceberg, what would you do?”

  18. American
    March 7, 2013, 9:39 am

    This may explain Schumer’s support of Hagel. Hagel at pentagon would advance O’s agenda–Schumer as leader of Senate Dems would advance Schumer’s I-First agenda.
    So a trade off took place.

    ”So what convinced Schumer to stand with Obama on Hagel? My friends on Capitol Hill, who without exception correctly predicted Schumer’s position, tell me that it was made clear to him that he could not oppose Obama on Hagel and still expect to become leader of Senate Democrats when Harry Reid retires. No threats were made because none needed to be made. Schumer was simply led to understand that he was not getting a pass on this one. Add to that the unprecedented public campaign supporting Hagel. This time the lobby did not have the field to itself”

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