[ View the story "Unaired skit parodies US Senate's Israel focus" on Storify] Unaired skit parodies US Senate's Israel focus Saturday Night Live takes on Defense nominee's contentious confirmation hearing.
The Stream· Tue, Feb 12 2013 12:43:05 Note: The following video contains explicit content and language.
Dress Rehearsal: C-Span Chuck Hagel Hearings (Saturday Night Live)NBC
In the hearing itself, senators
Israel 106 times.
Hagel grilled by senate for Pentagon postaljazeeraenglish
Netizens weighed in on the hearing's focus on Israel and Hagel's responses.
The way Israel 1st controlling the Hagel Nomination is sickening. "Patriotic" Tweeple are silent in Hagels defense. Does Israel run USA orArt Pressley
Israel was mentioned well over 100 times during Chuck Hagel's hearing. It really is very obvious how overbearing Israeli Lobby has become. The One
#GOP is going to allow #Israel to politicize the commander in chief's pick for secretary of defense? #tcot #p2 #Hagel #Obama #OpIsrael #owspolymath22
We, the terrorist Islamic nation of Iran, support the nominee for Sec of Def, Pro-Iran/Anti-Israel Chuckie Hagel! Ahh, that we be a HELL NO!MightyManGMan
The potential confirmation of Chuck #Hagel as Defense Secretary, is dangerous for America and Israel. Horrible pick! #tcotJosh Nass
#Hagel wants to negotiate with Hamas. Hamas is sworn to the destruction of the State of Israel. I guess Hagel is too.Wisdom for Women
@CUFI Will anyone be surprised if Israel gets attacked within 30 days of Hagel vote thanks to and blessing of majority US Jewish voters?Public Integrity FS
, researchers discovered a discrepancy between mentions of Israel and mentions of Afghanistan, where the US currently has 66,000 troops at war.
There was also a discrepancy between Democratic and Republican Senate members' focus on Israel and Afghanistan.
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in an
with the Daily Beast that the sketch "reinforces the pernicious notion of Jewish control over this government." He had previously
about Hagel's stance on the Israel lobby.
Some netizens dismissed Foxman's qualms.
@MJayRosenberg Wait, I thought donkeys were kosher?Marc Hochstein
An unaired SNL sketch lampooning Israel’s friends in congress is riling up some of the thin skinned usual suspects.
#SNL Lands in Hot Water Over Unaired #Hagel Sketch
@thedailybeast Making a fuss means MANY MORE will watch it. #uhhuhChason Wainwright
Fox News has also
Hagel for not disclosing two speeches on the topic of Arab-Israeli relations from 2008. In his defense, an aide said that they were not formal events, so it was not necessary to disclose them.