Powell refuses to defend Hagel on Israeli-Palestinian ‘moral equivalency’

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Neil Munro
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“My judgment and my knowledge of Chuck and my discussion with Chuck would suggest that he wants to see both [Israelis and Palestinians] come to the table and find a solution,” Powell claimed.

Hagel is “a very, very strong supporter of the State of Israel. … I have no question that when it comes to challenges that have anything to do with putting Israel at risk, Chuck Hagel will be on Israel’s side.”

“And remember … he will follow the policies of that president,” Powell added.

Since 1948, Israel has been attacked by waves of Arab forces, each declaring their goal was to destroy the Jewish-majority country

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