The former Sect. of State for President Bush, and advisor to President Reagan, has defended Chuck Hagel as a "strong" supporter of Israel.
Flashback to 1988.
Lt. General Colin Powell was involved in one of the darkest stains on the Reagan presidency:
The foolish and irresponsible legitimizing of the PLO jihad terrorist organization.
At that time the PLO was led by Yassir Arafat. Israel's equivolent of Bin Laden and Al-qaeda.
Colin Powell was involved in those "secret" back channels engaging Arafat:
["By late 1988, Yasser Arafat believed that nothing was going to happen in the Middle East without the US and, somewhat overstated, he believed that the US could pressure Israel into an agreement they might not otherwise accept.
[Not overstated at all!!!]
During 1988, secret channels and intermediaries were used to establish acceptable language for the PLO to use to satisfy the United States.
Arafat’s next attempt to publically meet the US conditions was the Algiers Declaration of the Palestinian National Council in November 1988, a document based on the policy revisions discussed in the Cairo Declaration of November 7, 1985.
Examining the Algiers declaration, the US government concluded that it fell short since the document did not explicitly recognize Israel’s right to exist and was ambiguous on accepting the two UN resolutions and on terrorism. On November 26, 1988, Shultz rejected Arafat’s request for a visa to address the UN in New York because of the PLO’s continued involvement in terrorism against Americans.
The secret channel discussions continued. During November, a message giving a presidential pledge to start a dialogue if the PLO met the conditions was sent by National Security Advisor Colin Powell through a private individual meeting with PLO officials in Stockholm."]
--read it all.
Eventually those secret back channel contacts with Arafat led to this:
U.S. Agrees to talks with PLO; Saying Arafat Accepts Israel and Renounces all Terrorism
["President Reagan today authorized the start of a ''substantive dialogue'' with the Palestine Liberation Organization, which he said had finally met the American conditions for direct talks after more than a decade.
Simultaneously with the White House statement, Secretary of State George P. Shultz said he was designating the United States Ambassador to Tunisia, Robert H. Pelletreau Jr., as ''the only authorized channel'' for the dialogue with the P.L.O.
Mr. Shultz said President Reagan and President-elect Bush agreed with his conclusion that the P.L.O. chairman, Yasir Arafat, in a statement delivered in Geneva, had satisfied the United States' three-part test for a ''substantive dialogue.'']
--read it all.
Read all about how that foolish legitimizing of Arafat and the PLO turned out here. And Abu Mazen is no better than Arafat.
Chuck Hagel's record reveal him as rather a strong supporter of Iran and the jihad PLO.