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Well, everybody’s all atwitter over Barack Obama nominating former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. Apparently Chuck Hagel doesn’t like Israel much, and a lot of people know this. There have been some people who have said Hagel’s anti-Semitic, and then they’ve retracted that. But Hagel is on record as saying he’s “senator from Nebraska, not senator from Israel.”

I’m paraphrasing but that’s pretty close to a quote. “I’m a senator from Nebraska. I’m not a senator from Israel.” He’s part of this crowd that resents the powerful lobbying abilities of Israel. (interruption) Well, I once used that term and got thrown out of a hotel in New York, so I don’t use the phrase “the Jewish lobby” anymore because it got me thrown out of a hotel before people understood.

That’s where I met the rabbi, Nate Segal, who saved me with the New York Jewish community, ’cause I didn’t know what it meant. I heard Mike Wallace say it the night before and I was just quoting Mike Wallace, and I got kicked out of the Parker Meridian. (interruption) I did. I was supposed to be there for six months, shortly after moving to New York. Here’s the quote from Hagel: “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.”

This was a quote from Hagel for his book. Now I don’t know if it was Miller’s book. It’s some guy named Miller. I don’t know who Miller is. I don’t know if Hagel wrote the book or not, but there was a book called “The Much Too Promised Land” released in 2008, and in it Hagel is quoted as saying, “I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a US senator.” Now, our old buddy Ron Fournier who’s over the National Journal…

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