Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Some time ago, I received an e-mail from some liberal Jewish folks in California gushing all over the fact that Obma had appointed a Jew, Rahm Emanuel, as the president’s chief of staff. I responded by warning them that Emanuel’s appointment was no cause for celebration. I pointed out that the administration was likely to shift our foreign policy in favor of the Palestinians because all of the foreign policy advisers in the Obama campaign had a history of being hostile toward Israel.

I have published a good number of blogs about the pressure being put on Israel by the United States, the UN, the EU and Russia to make suicidal concessions to the Palestinians who have vowed that there will be only one state "from the river to the sea."

In today’s IsraelNationalNews.com there was a report by Hillel Fendel on the reaction of Yaakov Katz, a member of the Knesset, to Rahm Emanuel’s linkage of deterring Iran’s nuclear weapons program with Israel’s acceptance of a two-state solution. Katz’s reaction to Emanuel's "veiled threat" echoes the warnings I have been making.

Here is part of Fendel’s report:

Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, told a large group of AIPAC supporters on Sunday that American efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program depend on progress in Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. So reported Channel One’s Mabat TV news report.

MK Yaakov Katz, chairman of the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party, says the veiled threat by Emanuel should be rebuffed and exposed for what it is: "He is basically telling Israel to commit suicide in exchange for American consent to consider dealing with the Iranian threat to the world."

"What Emanuel is saying," Katz told Arutz-7’s Hebrew newsmagazine, "is that in order for the U.S. to agree to act against the nuclear program that threatens not only Israel, but entire other nations around the world, the price is that Israel should commit suicide - i.e., we must agree to a two-state solution that will see Hamas threatening us with its missiles not only from Gaza, as it is now, but from the very heart of Israel as well, in Judea and Samaria."

"In other words," Katz continued, "we have to bring ourselves to the brink of extinction by allowing Hamastan into Judea and Samaria. And this is the idea of a Jew, Rahm Emanuel – a Jew whose father fought in the Etzel (Irgun) against the British for the future of the State of Israel, but whose son, born in America, identifies with the most left-wing opinions, whose significance is the destruction of the State of Israel. I think this has to be stated very clearly."

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