Former Republican Senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination for the post of Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, January 31, 2013. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
A recent skit by the US comedy show Saturday Night Live mocked recent hearings to confirm former Senator Chuck Hagel as US Defense Secretary. The segment, which was posted online but not aired on television, mocks questions by Republican senators on Hagel's previous statements about the US relationship with Israel. Many in Washington have accused Hagel of appeasing Iran and having insufficient support for the state of Israel.