Jews, Non-Jews and Hagel

Obama and his his new Jeremiah Wright.

Obama and his new Jeremiah Wright.

That Chuck Hagel seemed confused and ill-prepared, if not dim-witted, at his confirmation hearings last week, is stating the obvious.

That he is a man of the radical left is also obvious, from his refusal to classify various terrorist organizations—Hizbullah, the Revolutionary Guard of Iran—as terrorists, to his dopey, kumbaya approach to the genocidal-yearning Iran, should be enough to convince any fair-minded person that Hagel is somewhat to the left of Fidel Castro.

It should also be obvious to anyone with a functioning cortex that Hagel despises Israel/Jews.

His comment about the Jewish lobby should have consigned him to political oblivion. But we are now living in Obama’s world where hatred of Israel/Jews is a badge of merit, a sign of “political courage.”

As I watched the confirmation hearings it come to me, once again, that Israel’s best friends are non-Jews and Republicans: Saxby Chambliss (R. Georgia), John McCain (R. Arizona), Lindsey Graham, (R. S.C.), Mike Lee, (R. Utah), Sen. David Vitter, (R. La.), Marco Rubio (R. Fl), and Ted Cruz, (R. Texas).

In contrast, Jewish Democrats who claim to support Israel have come out for Hagel: Chuck Schumer (D. N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D. Ca.), Barbara Boxer (D. Ca.).

My favorite quote comes from the Jewish Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, (D. Mich.), who said he thought Hagel “really advanced his own cause” at the hearing.

Levin’s comment tells us more about the Democrat party than about the Hagel. Modern Democrats, especially under Obama, follow the Communist model where party discipline, adherence to ideology, and obedience to the Dear Leader, comes before all else, especially before integrity.

How can Jews support Hagel, a man who clearly hates the Jewish state?


Most Jewish liberals are secular. They are not observant Jews.

But man yearns for a higher meaning. Man yearns for G-d. Jews who abandon Torah Judaism replace G-d’s eternal covenant with the Jewish people with a man-made religion: leftism.

And leftism is the fastest growing, most dynamic religion in Western democracies. Secular Jews are this religion’s most fanatic adherents.

Look, secular Jews were drawn to the siren song of Communism. Obama’s leftism is a fine replacement: another utopian, social-engineering scheme that promises heaven on earth, but invariably delivers hell.

Those liberal Jews who support Obama/Hagel—for they are one and the same—follow an old pattern. They are the Hellenized Jews of the Seleucid Empire, the court Jews of medieval times, and they are the Judenrat of World War II.

And those who exposed the Jew-hating, America-blaming core of Hagel, are righteous gentiles who should be blessed and honored.

Here’s the petition, Say No to Chuck, which you should all sign.

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  1. Milhouse
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    The “Jewish lobby” comment can be explained away — maybe.  But how do they explain “let the Jews pay for it”?  I’m surprised that I’ve seen the first quote given so much air time, and hardly anything about the second one.  Why would anybody but an antisemite say that the Jews should pay for a USO base in Haifa?

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink


      You are absolutely correct. And let us never forget that it was Richard Milhous Nixon who insisted on sending massive supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War, against Kissinger’s counsel. And these supplies allowed Israel to turn the tide of war.

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      • sennacherib
        Posted February 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        Not to mention some guy named Sharon.

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  2. sennacherib
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    That photo reminds me so much of a 1500s painting of a pope (Borgia) receiving a trusted retainer.

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  3. kishke
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    The photo is hilarious. It looks like the Dear Leader is bestowing a kiss on Hagel’s aged head.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink


      Obama is asking Hagel to go to the prom with him. So cute.

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  4. Johnny
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    All one has to do is imagine what would be said had Bush been the president to nominate Hagel instead of Obama. Every Democrat extolling Hagel today as a combination of George Marshall and General Patton would be using him as proof that Bush hates Israel and Jews everywhere. 

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink


      The left demonized Sarah Palin in every way imaginable, including insulting her intelligence. That they now champion Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon is beyond hypocrisy. It is mental illness, cognitive dissonance blacker than a black hole.

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  5. Brianna
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    You watched the confirmation hearings?  You’ve a stronger stomach than I. 
    There’s a question I’ve perennially wanted to ask Dennis Prager, except duh, I’m probably never going to get the chance to.  But you two seem to have similar mindsets in this regard, so I’ll ask you instead.  I’ve heard the argument many times that basically, people are either going to believe in G-d or they’re going to fall into the “secular” religions such as communism/socialism/leftism, get inverted moral priorities, etc.  But I know one group of determined athiests who have never fallen into that trap.  The group is Objectivists (you may or may not have a clue who I’m talking about), and while they’re small, their principles and philosophy have consistently put them on the right side of just about every major moral issue of the 20th century, including strong support of Israel. Incidentally, while it’s not really important to my observation, there are so many secular Jews who are also Objectivists that I joke with a Objectivst/Jewish friend of mine that it’s a miracle the organization has never been accused of being a Zionist conspiracy (Rand herself was Jewish, as well as Leonard Peikoff, Yaron Brook, and a lot of other prominent Objectivists).  Anyway, I suppose this isn’t a question so much as an observation; I am merely curious what your reaction to this observation might be, and was hoping you’d offer a thought or three.

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    • Barry
      Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

      I tried introducing this subject months ago and was greeted by indifference. Ayn Rand and Objectivism. To the point and on the money. Not at all as depicted by frightened liberals. No, not liberals. That is a good thing to be. Leftists. Not so good.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink


      I don’t very much about Objectivism, but I do know that it is a philosophy, a value system that, in my opinion, is also a substitute religion. It’s not widespread, that’s for sure. I think that leftism offers a stronger platform for feeling self-righteous, which is its greatest pull. I have to admit that I’m out of my depth with the Ayn Rand and her crowd. I have never read one of her books. I’ve tried, but they are boring and read more like political pamphlets than good narrative.

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      • Barry
        Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

        Her prose is heavy, but these books were written in the forties and fifties. That Rand correctly observed the direction our society might be taking  in those days deserves acknowledgement and a salute. A man like you should have serious look at this lady.

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        • Robert J. Avrech
          Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink


          You’re probably right.
          But her writing is so inelegant.

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          • Posted February 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

            If you’re looking for freedom-supporting atheists, I recommend L. Neil Smith. Check out <a href=”” title=”L. Neil Smith @ JPFO”>his articles at JPFO</a>.

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  6. sennacherib
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Hillary Clinton, outgoing SOS. John F. Kerry incoming SOS. Chuck Hagel SOD nominee. As the immortal Yogi once said “We may be lost, but we’re making good time!”

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    • Johnny
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:16 am | Permalink

      I thought they may have a deficit on each one but were making it up on volume.

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  7. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I am reading “The Path Between the Seas,” the story of the Panama Canal by David McCullough and I have just gotten to the part where the fiasco of the original French canal is being blamed on “the Jews.”  Why?
    Because many of the prominent actual swindlers were Jewish and, as a consequence, an antisemitic newspaper in France went from obscurity to becoming immensely popular because, it attacks now had real meat and facts to back them up!
    I am also re-reading “Faith and Fate” by Berel Wein, the last of his history series.  He writes about the tremendous loss to Judaism of hundreds of thousands of Jews who went from Orthodoxy to Bolshevikism; Communism; Socialism; Secularism; and beyond.  
    Again, one of the reasons that ignorant doofus’s like Chuck Hagel can hate those that do not embrace his Leftist philosophy – ie: Israel, is that the majority of Jews have appeared to embrace his religion of Leftisim so, therefore, those that do not, must be evil!
    This is the essence of antisemitism throughout the ages.  

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    • Nickie Clifford
      Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Still Moishe, it’s beyond my comprehension how anyone with an iota of Jewish blood could possibly not be supportive of Israel.  WHATEVER their political sentiments.  I plan on reading “Fate and Faith”.  

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      • Barry
        Posted February 6, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

        Not Blood, Nickie. Background.

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    • kishke
      Posted February 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      “The Path Between the Seas” — great book.

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  8. Posted February 4, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Robert, if you haven’t done so already, try reading Dorothy Rabinowitz’ <a href=”(”> article</a> in the WSJ yesterday. Her point:
    “He had, like a handful of Vietnam era veterans turned politicians, returned to a society drenched in the ideology of the 1960s and ’70s, in whose view the United States was the chief enemy of humanity. He would become over the years a darling of the left, favorite dove of the Sunday talk shows, cherished above all for his identification as a Republican. Thanks to him, there could be countless reports that brought word that “even the Republican Chuck Hagel said”—whatever he said, it was warming to the hearts of the left.”
    Yep, the “useful tool” get his reward for his loyalty to the Left and their ideology that the United States is the problem in the world.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      Prophet Joe:

      Great article by Rabinowitz, thanks so much.

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