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For those who believe that Rahm Emanuel, in his position at gatekeeper to the president, will not further skew US foreign policy because of his strong ties to Israel, I would offer the following, which appeared in The Guardian on Saturday. “Emanuel’s position has raised concerns among those looking for an even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In an interview with the Israeli daily Ma’ariv, Emanuel’s father was quoted as saying: ‘Obviously he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn’t he be? What is he, an Arab? He’s not going to clean the floors of the White House.'”

Emanuel’s dad is reported to be a former Irgun terrorist who blew up the King David Hotel and massacred Arab villagers, so he knows how handle Arabs, one presumes. What he knows about cleaning floors is not clear.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Israel, Rahm Emanuel 
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  1. I think it could be said that the prejudices of our parents better represent the quiet core of our beliefs than do our professed beliefs, which are more rightly understood as those to which we aspire. If this is true, then it is not an unreasonable concern – though a nativist one – to be concerned about the loyalties of people whose parents were not raised in the land their children now lead.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “The ego contains or embodies the permissive or prohibitive nature of the parent. It can over-identify with either complex.” to quote Sigmund Freud. So maybe the appointment of Rahm Emanuel, to the Whitehouse, has put a potential terrorist on the inside, well done Mr. Obama

  3. MattSwartz says: • Website

    There are enough problems easily visible with Emmanuel that going into his subconscious to find more is overkill, in my opinion.

  4. Jason says: • Website

    All this speculation would be more appropriate if we were wondering what an Obama administration MIGHT be like, if he happens to get elected. But he WAS elected and we will SEE how this all plays out.

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