For those who may still have had a doubt, US President Barak Obama’s latest appointment sends a clear message regarding the White House’s change in policy vis-à-vis America’s long-standing special relationship with Israel. In short, it appears the courtship has come to an abrupt end with the election of the inexperienced junior senator.
President Barak has appointed outspoken anti-Israel former senator, Chuck Hagel, to serve as the co-chairman of the president’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
Hagel’s feelings towards Israel, or perhaps his strong pro-Arab policy can best be summed up by his address to last week’s first J Street conference in Washington, during which he stressed that America’s special relationship with Israel mustn’t be maintained at the expense of “our Arab relationships”.
Hagel’s views regarding Israel are well-documented, stemming from his questioning loyalty of American Jews, as well as criticizing former President George W. Bush’s decision refusing to meet with arch terrorist Yasser Arafat.
The Zionist Organization of America has already released a statement expressing protest over the appointment, calling on President Obama to rescind his decision.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)