JERUSALEM—Top-ranking government officials in Jerusalem confirmed Tuesday that Israel would exercise its longstanding, constitutionally granted veto power over American policy if U.S. lawmakers confirmed retired congressman Chuck Hagel as the United States’ next Secretary of Defense. “In light of Mr. Hagel’s worrying remarks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and questionable classification of Israeli interests as ‘the Jewish lobby,’ we consider him a highly inappropriate choice for Defense Secretary who stands far out of line with our national priorities, and therefore we are prepared to swiftly and resolutely use our official veto power over this U.S. action,” said Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev of the legal maneuver that the small Middle Eastern nation has employed to block U.S. Cabinet nominees, U.S. legislation, U.S. international relations, and U.S. domestic policy over 1,400 times in its 64-year history.
On the one side, it’s the Onion. On the other side…Ted Cruz…
His record on Israel strongly suggests that he views Israel not as our friend but as a nuisance. The U.S.-Israeli alliance is critical to our national security, but Hagel has been far too willing to undermine that alliance. He was one of only four senators who refused to sign a letter urging the president to express solidarity with Israel and condemn the Palestinian campaign of violence. And he has stated that he believes Israel has “chained down” the Palestinians.
Ted Cruz is a textbook “chicken hawk”. That’s someone who, unlike Chuck Hagel, has never served in the Armed Forces yet never misses an opportunity to use them or threaten others with their use.
So, given the data, is it any surprise that most of Ted Cruz’s campaign money came from anonymous sources outside the state? And from Super PAC’s funded by folks like Adelson?
In order to understand the humor of the Onion article, one has to know the reality that makes it “funny”, and that funny reality is named (in this instance) Ted Cruz.