Hagel said the U.S. Department of State was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office, according to a contemporaneous report of the event.
Republican political consultant and Hagel supporter George Ajjan wrote about the March 2, 2007, speech on his website the following day, writing a description “point by point through some of the more important elements of his speech.”
[Ajjan, on point six:]
The State Department has become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office …
Wow. A very bold statement by Hagel bound to further raise the ire of the “Jewish Lobby” (yawn), but it does express his strong belief in a comprehensive solution to problems in the Middle East. Hagel mentioned this theme several times —comprehensive, he said, in the sense that all tools should be used to achieve American foreign policy objectives (diplomatic, political, economic, and military), but also comprehensive in the James Baker sense of addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict holistically as both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have proved too lazy and too incompetent to do.
Reached by phone, Ajjan confirmed his 2007 account of the event, saying he was “taking notes as [Hagel] was speaking.”