"...What he needs to do is reassure the Jewish community that his reaction in his public statement went too far and that this in no way will slant his support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, which is a primary American interest. A commitment by him to engage supporters of Israel in dialogue might be helpful in this respect." What's funny is that Abe and Co are passing judgment on a man who criticized the "Jewish" lobby" AIPAC when they repeatedly lobby for Israel to be recognized as a Jewish state. The fact that Abe is essentially asking the Defense leader to come kiss the ring is indicitive to the type of assertions that Hagel made years ago about AIPAC trying to get Hagel to be a supporter of Israel first, and America second.
Three Palestinian teens killed by Israeli army fire during protests near Gaza border (Haaretz)