Iran’s state-run Press TV praised President Barack Obama for his likely selection of the “anti-Israel” former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, according to a report published Saturday.
“All signs indicate that U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to nominate anti-Israel ex-Senator Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary soon,” reported Press TV, a news outlet that is controlled by the Iranian regime.
“Hagel’s nomination is expected to spark a row in the Senate,” the report continued. “Many pro-Israeli groups and neo-conservatives have spouted diatribe against Hagel over his criticism of Washington’s anti-Iran policies and Israel’s sway over the U.S. political arena.”
Hagel has long advocated for direct, unconditional talks with Iran as well as with the terror group Hamas.
Hagel in 2008 was reported to be “solely responsible” for blocking a bill that would have tightened economic sanctions in Iran, according to the Huffington Post.
He also voted against renewing the Iran Sanctions Libya Act in 2001. The measure would have prevented Iran and Libya from securing funds that would have been used to acquire weapons of mass destruction and support terrorist operations.
Hagel was just one of two Senators to vote against the act.
Multiple Jewish leaders and lawmakers have additionally criticized Hagel for comments they believe are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.