Hagel on 'Palestinian' terror: 'Desperate people do desperate things'desperate people will do desperate things.' I'm sure he still feels the same way today.
Glenn Kessler has a helpful roundup of some of the most troubling Chuck Hagel comments (though a much more extensive list can be found at ECI’s ChuckHagel.com). This one in particular, from a 1998 AP interview, jumped out:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ”essentially stopped the process,” Hagel said. ”The Israeli government essentially continues to play games,” stonewalling implementation of the Oslo peace accords.
”What I fear more today is that desperate men do desperate things when you take hope away,” Hagel said. ”And that’s where the Palestinians are today.”
The Israeli government needs to understand that implementation of the peace agreement is in its own interests, he said.
Hagel said Arabs generally believe America ”has tilted toward Israel” in its Mideast relations and there will be no lasting peace in the region without relationships with Iran.
The AP interview was given on August 27, 1998. Netanyahu - then in his first term - signed the disastrous Wye River Memorandum (which I often refer to as the Why, Why, Wye agreement) on October 23, 1998. And the 'Palestinian' terrorism continued.”I think we should continue to pursue openings with Iran, understanding this is still a nation very hostile to the West,” he said. ”We need to understand cold, hard realities and be very clear-eyed and clearheaded, but every opening we should take.”
Maybe Hagel was wrong about Netanyahu?
Read the whole thing.