Does a Hagel Nomination Mean a Giant Leap Forward for Iran’s Nuclear Program? | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

Hagel Nomination - Trouble for Israel?

By Jay Sekulow1357582700000

Since 1948, the hostile governments of the Middle East have done everything in their military power to completely destroy the state of Israel.  Immediately after Israel’s declaration of independence, Arab armies united to invade the new nation.  In 1967, Israel found itself surrounded by hundreds of thousands of troops and thousands of tanks.  In 1973, Egypt and Syria breached the peace and sanctity of Yom Kippur and launched a surprise attack that brought Israel to the brink of extinction.

Each time, Israel was saved by the providence of God and the indescribable courage of its armed forces.  Each time, the American people rallied in support of our most faithful ally.

But not even courage can prevail against a nuclear detonation.  For the first time since its declaration of independence, Israel is on the verge of facing a nuclear-armed enemy – a nation that has vowed to destroy the Jewish state.

In the face of this threat, President Obama has nominated a former Senator, Chuck Hagel, who has a record of appeasing Iran that is perhaps unmatched by any Senator, current or past.  Over at the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol has done invaluable work compiling the sad details of Senator Hagel’s record. Consider the following:

-He has voted against labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, even though the Revolutionary Guard has been fighting a low-intensity war against America, Israel, and other allies for years;

-He voted against labeling Hezbollah – Iran’s army in Lebanon – a terrorist organization in spite of its long record of attacks on Israeli civilians and perhaps even American Marines;

-He voted against the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act at a time when both countries had recently engaged in direct attacks against Americans;

-He opposed the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act; and

-He said – while still a senator – that “[A] military strike against Iran, a military option, is not a viable, feasible, responsible option.”

While no one wants war with Iran, a military strike is preferable to a nuclear Holocaust.  Yet Chuck Hagel has taken such an option off the table. 

Perhaps most disturbing of all, this nomination – in the face of Democratic and Republican opposition – signals that President Obama values Israel’s security less than any other modern American president. Fortunately, however, he will soon discover that he faces a united American people – from across party lines – that understand a simple moral imperative: Terrorist nations should not possess nuclear weapons.  Americans deserve a Secretary of Defense who shares that core moral understanding. 

The fact is that Senator Chuck Hagel is not the right person for the job.

Send a powerful message to the Senate: we must protect Israel and that means rejecting Senator Hagel’s nomination. Add your name here.

Jay Sekulow

Latest in
Middle East

Strategy is Too Little & Way Too Late

By Skip Ash1446487610697

President Obama has promised the American people since 2013 that he would not introduce U.S. ground forces into Syria. This past week, he broke that promise. The President announced that he has decided to send “ less than 50 ” Special Operations personnel to Syria. To quote the late great American...

read more

The Syrian Civil War and its Effects

By Shaheryar Gill1445892955392

Do you have questions about what is happening in Syria, who is fighting whom and what side everyone is on? You’re not alone. As headlines and news stories detail the latest developments in Syria, it’s vitally important that people know the truth of what is going on and what is at stake. The United...

read more

Week of Reckoning for Iran Deal

By Nathanael Bennett1441723509386

The week of reckoning has arrived. Tomorrow, both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate will begin debate on the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. In accordance with the terms of the Iranian Review Act, each chamber will consider a Resolution of Disapproval for the deal. A final vote...

read more

The Nuclear Deal Keeps Getting Worse

By Jay Sekulow1440105881204

Iran is responsible for inspecting its own nuclear weapons sites? As unbelievable as it sounds, this deadly absurdity is apparently reality. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is allowing Iranian nuclear inspectors to be the only ones inside the Parchin nuclear facility to determine...

read more