[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/07/art.rjcad.0907.rjc.jpg caption =" The Republican Jewish Council has a new Web ad out Tuesday slamming Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak and former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel."](CNN) –He's been out of the Senate for nearly two years, but that isn't stopping the Republican Jewish Coalition for taking aim at former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel.
Hagel, the former Nebraska senator who became a critic of former President George W. Bush and broke ranks with his party over the Iraq war, formally backed Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak over Republican Pat Toomey for Senate in Pennsylvania
Now the RJC is out with a Web ad that denounces Hagel and calls into question the former senator's commitment to Israel.
"While in the Senate, Chuck Hagel had a troubling record on Israel and Middle East issues. In fact, he consistently had one of the worst pro-Israel records of any Senator. Even the National Jewish Democratic Council described Hagel's record as 'questionable' and warned that if he sought the presidency, he would have 'a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to Israel,'" RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said.
"Chuck Hagel and Joe Sestak have a lot in common. In fact, it was recently reported that in an interview, Joe Sestak called Chuck Hagel 'the guy that I most admired in the Senate.' Unfortunately, they share an attitude and record toward Israel that cause deep concern in the Jewish community," added Brooks.
A spokesman for the Sestak campaign said the congressman has a "spotless record" when it comes to voting in support of Israel.