"Chuck Hagel's notorious 2008 statement about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading institution of the pro-Israel lobby, claimed that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress]. I'm a United States senator. I'm not an Israeli senator."
Notorious? For that comment alone, Hagel deserved a medal. The point must be made again and again, Israel has nothing to do with being an American conservative.