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Hagel, the Israel Lobby and Kerry's Peace Bid

Hagel, the Israel Lobby and Kerry's Peace Bid

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The Daily Beast just posted a magazine-length article by yours truly looking back at the Chuck Hagel confirmation battle and the role (or lack thereof) of the Jewish community and the notorious “Israel lobby” in the affair.

What’s surprising about the whole affair, on close reexamination, is how absent the Jewish advocacy community was from the whole thing. It’s also critical for what it shows about the evolution and prospects of Secretary of State Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.

The article takes a particularly close look at Hagel’s January 31 confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. To my mind, what went on there is a portrait in miniature of the evolving relationship between the Jewish community and the Republican Party:

(L-R) Sens. Carl Levin, Jim Inhofe and John McCain at Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing, Jan. 31, 2013.

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(L-R) Sens. Carl Levin, Jim Inhofe and John McCain at Chuck Hagel confirmation hearing, Jan. 31, 2013.

Here’s my bottom line:

But there’s lots more there. Worth a read, if I may say so…

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J.J. Goldberg

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