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Ed Koch Is Very Disappointed About Hagel

The Hizzoner lashes out at President Obama

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Last we checked in with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was right before election day, only a few months ago. Koch had just endorsed President Obama for a second term, having taken credit for “persuading” the President to adopt a friendlier posture toward Israel. But Israel, it turns out, was not the only issue that led Koch to throw his support behind the President. At the time, he told me:

“Israel is a major issue, but the other issues are major too, which are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, abortion. From my point of view you have to be good on domestic issues as well as on foreign issues to get my support. The president has my support because he’s good on both.”

Two months later, in the wake of President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, the Hizzoner has some buyer’s remorse.

“Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when he [Obama] would renege on what he conveyed on his support of Israel,” said Koch, adding, “it comes a little earlier than I thought it would.”

Really? So it turns out that the Hizzoner saw this coming all along. Koch went on, with some choice quotes:

“I believe it will encourage the Iranian program. I believe it will encourage the jihadists. They will say ‘ah, we are winning the battle. America is beginning to desert Israel.’”

Asked if he had an idea as to why the President selected Hagel, Koch said, “If I wanted to be Dr. Freud, I’d open up an office. I don’t know.”

“I’m sure that the Arabs are drinking orange juice and toasting Hagel’s good health.”

Koch’s disappointment seems to reflect a lot of the responses to Hagel’s nomination: bewilderment that borders on anger. While he is dismayed, Koch also expressed confidence that the strength of support for Israel in Congress will defeat whatever troubling measures could come from Hagel’s potential confirmation.

Whether any of that is true or not, one thing’s for sure: I think we might have just seen Ed Koch undergo the four stages of grief in the course of one interview.

Related: In Queens, The Pro-Israel Vote [Tablet]
Ed Koch on Chuck Hagel Nomination [Algeminer]
Former NY Mayor Ed Koch Endorses Obama [RCP]

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fred capio says:

it is terrible what dementia does to a man

disqus_c4RFfic3n1 says:

Why don’t you go pal around with your old buddy Al D’Amato and leave serious political discourse to the grown ups?

disqus_PvxioAlFWd says:

It’s just “hizzoner,” not “the hizzoner.”

herbcaen says:

What exactly did Koch expect? Both Obama and Hegel regard Israel as a plate of gefilte fish that has been at room temperature for a week. Both probably want a nuclear armed Iran to a) deter the US from “misadventures” like Iraq/Afghanistan, and b) to put pressure on Israel
Expect a Hegel/Ahmadinejad nonaggression pact, just like the one between the USSR and Germany in 1939. This is what happens when you appoint a Vietnam era loony to a sensitive position

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