I know Hagel personally. When I was ambassador in Washington, we had many meetings. I cannot say that we agreed on everything, but he was a decent and fair interlocutor and you can reason with him. I think he believes in the relationship, in the natural partnership between Israel and the United States.

That’s Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, speaking to American Jewish leaders in New York yesterday.

I can only assume this won’t dissuade the “serious people" who are tarring Hagel as an anti-Semite because he once said "the Jews," and because of his heterodox views on dealing with Iran and on using diplomacy to try to solve problems.

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