Hagel in 2010: Israel Risks Becoming ‘Apartheid State’


chuck-hagelAt a 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, former Nebraska senator and current defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel reportedly said that the state of Israel risks “becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state.” Hagel also referred to current Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “radical.” Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports:

Hagel also accused Israel of violating U.N. resolutions, called for U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hamas to be included in any peace negotiations, and described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “radical,” according to the source.

Kenneth Wagner, who attended the 2010 speech while a Rutgers University law student, provided the Washington Free Beacon with an email he sent during the event to a contact at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The email is time-stamped April 9, 2010, at 11:37 AM.

“I am sitting in a lecture by Chuck Hagel at Rutgers,” Wagner wrote in the email. “He basically said that Israel has violated every UN resolution since 1967, that Israel has violated its agreements with the quartet, that it was risking becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state. He said that the settlements were getting close to the point where a contiguous Palestinian state would be impossible.”

“He said that he [thought] that Netanyahu was a radical and that even [former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi] Livni, who was hard nosed thought he was too radical and so wouldn’t join in a coalition [government] with him. … He said that Hamas has to be brought in to any peace negotiation,” Wagner wrote.

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  1. As I South African who grew up during the Apartheid era and having visited Eretz Yisroel many times over many years I must say that this man has not the foggiest idea what he is talking about.

  2. I think this slams the lid on his chance of ever becoming secretary of defense. A lot of senators were trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but at this point I would imagine that even some that were going to give him the nod are going to say enough is enough. A huge embarrassment for Obama, but serves him right for not listening to the outcry against his potential nomination. Obama decided to ignore all but a few, its gonna cost him big now, and he is going to wish he never nominated this hatemonger.

  3. #1: He’s already been nominated. By the President.

    I think the word you are looking for is “confirmed”. By the Senate.

    The answer is yes.

    Hagel’s impact on Israel as SecDef will be defined entirely by the President of the United States, to whom he is responsible and from whom he takes direction.