Again these are based on notes from an attendee at a Hagel speech, but the ideas are not really out of line with his known views.
Hagel did insist on “engaging” with Hamas. The Apartheid State argument has become routine on the left and has even crept into mainstream rhetoric. Public figures tend to refrain from using that specific word, but Hagel had advanced those types of arguments and it is not hard to believe that he would have slipped into that kind of rhetoric as well.
Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel said Israel is on its way to becoming an apartheid state during an April 9, 2010, appearance at Rutgers University, according to a contemporaneous account by an attendee.
Hagel also accused Israel of violating U.N. resolutions and called for U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hamas to be included in any peace negotiations.
“I am sitting in a lecture by Chuck Hagel at Rutgers,” Wagner wrote in the email. “He basically said that Israel has violated every UN resolution since 1967, that Israel has violated its agreements with the quartet, that it was risking becoming an apartheid state if it didn’t allow the Palestinians to form a state. He said that the settlements were getting close to the point where a contiguous Palestinian state would be impossible.”
Wagner said the remarks were made during the Q&A session. The speech took place at the Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
Rutgers does have a sizable anti-Israel and Islamist contingent and Hagel has a history of playing to the crowd at these events.