Despite the claim by defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel that US support for Israel is a result of a “Jewish lobby” that intimidates people on Capitol Hill – a vile and borderline anti-Semitic slur – Ari Fleischer says the former Nebraska senator has it all wrong. Fleischer hits the nail on the head:
Israel is widely supported by the American people because Israel deserves to be supported. Israel is a lonely democratic ally and a steady friend of the United States in a dangerous and tumultuous region. Their people are like the American people — free, independent, capitalistic and tolerant.