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Robert Wargas

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January 19, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Apparently there is at least one “Jewish lobby” that Chuck Hagel is willing to tolerate: the Mossad. In front of me is a copy of a new book on the Israeli secret service that I’m in the middle of reviewing. I realized only last night that on the back cover are laudatory blurbs from Shimon Peres and–that’s right–former Senator Chuck Hagel.

Hagel’s remark is as follows: “Mossad reads like a spectacular spy novel, and contains the real stories from one of the world’s premiere [sic] intelligence agencies. It’s worth reading.”

The book is in no way “anti-Zionist” in tone. Quite the opposite. Hagel, then, seems an odd choice for a blurb, no? Was this a small step taken to beef up Hagel’s “pro-Israel” credentials? Is Hagel lying or confused? The blurb does not enthusiastically praise the Mossad, but describing something as premier is complimentary. So, to wrap up: AIPAC is a “Jewish lobby”; Mossad is a premier agency. Will Hagel apologists use this quote as part of his published record of “support” for Israel?

 

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at robertwargas.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas
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