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Emanuel’s Appointment & the Jewish Angle

Re: President-elect Obama’s choice of Rahm Emanuel to be White House chief-of-staff. Yesterday, Jonah mentioned the Jewish angle:  i.e., what if any significance is to be gleaned from Emanuel’s very strong ties to Israel given the pre-election speculation that Obama’s election would mark a decline of Israeli influence on American policy? 

On that question, a reader points me to this Jerusalem Post article about Emanuel’s acceptance of the appointment.  It includes this nugget from the paper’s interview of Emanuel’s father in Israel, which I imagine we’ll be hearing more about — or, at least, we would be if a similar thing had been said by, say, Sarah Palin’s father:

In an interview with Ma’ariv, Emanuel’s father, Dr. Benjamin Emanuel, said he was convinced that his son’s appointment would be good for Israel. “Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel,” he was quoted as saying. “Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.”

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