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It makes much more sense if you translate it:

You take an issue like Iran, which is the -- probably the single greatest national security threat and problem that ISRAEL will have to deal with in the coming few years.


The U.S.'s and Israel's national security interests aren't the same, but they are similar. And it is definitely in the U.S. national interest that Israel survive and thrive. But that does not mean that the Israel lobby in the U.S. should have veto power, or even much say, over cabinet positions.

And Chuck Hagel is in no way "anti-Israel." He's just not sufficiently pro-Israel to satisfy the Israeli right and their U.S. lobbyists. It's not even clear to me why it matters to them that the SecDef be ardently pro-Israel. SecState, I get, but SecDef?

I'd argue that the views of the Israeli right and their American lobbyists do not represent Israel's best interests. They represent their own narrow interests. The worst thing for the U.S. and Israel is to subordinate their mutual national security interestes to the specific political interests of Netanyahu and AIPAC.
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