Jewish opponents appear to be toning down the criticism that greeted the news last month that Chuck Hagel, a Republican who served as a U.S. senator from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009, likely would be Obama’s defense choice.
Will we still head into a fiscal crisis? Plunge into war with Iran? Dive into contentious confirmation battles? One thing’s for certain: There will be plenty of action in Washington that the Jewish community will be watching closely this year.