Hagel's confirmation represented a crack in the alliance between the Israel lobby and the Republican right. That crack may now prove wide enough for Kerry to drive a Middle East peace initiative through.
J.J. Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Jewish Daily Forward and author of "Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment" (Addison-Wesley 1996).
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