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Hagel nomination unnerves some in Israel

President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next US secretary of defense is causing jitters in Israel, where some circles view the former Nebraska senator as unsympathetic or even hostile.

 

"Because of his statements in the past, and his stance toward Israel, we are worried," Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of the Israeli parliament and a member of Netanyahu's Likud Party, told The Associated Press. But, he added, the strategic partnership between the US and Israel is strong and "one person doesn't determine policy." (AP)