Chuck Hagel and the 3D-Test of Anti-Semitism

Two career politicians are all but certain to be nominated for top cabinet posts within the Obama administration -- John Kerry for secretary of state and Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.  While Kerry's record on Israel is troubling at best, Obama's man for secretary of defense is downright hostile.  What's more, a deeper look at Hagel's record reveals a deep-seeded hatred of Israel far beyond the norm for ordinary run-of-the-mill Israel critics. I hate to use the term "anti-Semitic" because its overuse results in dilution of its negative connotation.  The term "anti-Semite" should be used sparingly and with extreme caution, and only when one is absolutely certain that the recipient of the pejorative is indeed an anti-Semite.  I have come to the reluctant conclusion that not only does Hagel harbor animus toward Israel, but he displays anti-Semitic tendencies. Anti-Semitism has morphed throughout the years, and only the most boorish cling to the old-school...(Read Full Article)

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