Analysis Divisive, Israel-centered Battle Royal Looms in Washington as Hagel Appointment Appears Imminent

Sources confirm Foreign Policy report on likelihood of controversial choice for Secretary of Defense; Hagel’s confirmation may inflame Jewish community and harm Israeli interests, whatever happens.

There are increasing indications that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to push ahead with the appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, setting the stage for a fierce political confirmation battle in which Israel will play a central role.