A reported verbal exchange between Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and an unidentified American Jewish Leader, prompted a letter from the National Union Chairman, Ya’acov “Ketzele” Katz. The Israeli reportedly told Rahm Emanuel in the letter “not to forget you’re Jewish”. Read more, see photos and video below.
Katz says that in the conversation between the unidentified Jewish leader and Rahm Emanuel, that Emanuel says,
“In the next four years, there will be a peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it does not matter to us who is the prime minister.”
The Israeli, Katz wrote in his letter to Rahm Emmanuel:
“For many Israelis, this report is a cause for worry because it reveals a condescending attitude toward our prime minister and Israeli public opinion. This is an attitude that Israel does not expect from a real friend such as the US, and all the more so from an Israeli Jew who has succeeded in being appointed White House chief-of-staff.”
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Katz wrote, quoting from the Book of Esther (4:14).
Israeli’s like Katz think that Rahm Emanuel should use his influence in the administration to protect Israeli interests and not help in the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.
The National Union party is a right wing political party, not likely to succumb to the whims of left leaning policies shown by the Obama administration since taking office. The National Union party were opposed to withdrawing out of Gaza and are strictly opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.
It remains to be seen as to whether this group will support or oppose the Netanyahu administration, this will depend totally on Netanyahu’s position on the creation of a separate Palestinian state. There has been no word on Rahm Emanuel’s reaction to the letter from the Israeli’s as of yet.
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