Rahm Emmanuel has proven to be one of BH Obama's more effective court Jews in the last year. Even as Obama worked to aliented, humiliate and isolate Israel while showing care and concern for some of its (and America's) most bitter enemies, Emmanuel was always there backing up his boss, providing him with a Jewish figleaf to divert justified calls of Jew-hater against him.
Now, however, it seems that Emmanuel has been caught by his own strategy which would be completely delightful if it didn't mean his 13 year son and nephew didn't have to suffer the consequences of his political amibition:
“This memorial break, I am taking my son, my nephew Noah with Ari my brother, so they can have their bar mitzva in Israel,” Emanuel boasted in the November 10 speech, winning cheers from the crowd. “Not to add humor to this moment, but that’s cheap applause. I’ll take an $18 check on behalf of him if you like. That’s obviously illegal as a public servant. That was a joke.”
But as the bar mitzva date approaches, the White House, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry have declined to give any details whatsoever about the event. A White House representative said Emanuel’s visit to Israel was “a private trip” and diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said they also didn’t provide details when National Security Council official Dennis Ross came for his son’s wedding.
The lack of information has led to speculation in the Hebrew press, with Haaretz reporting incorrectly that Emanuel would arrive in Israel this week and Ma’ariv suggesting that he had moved the bar mitzva away from the Western Wall, either because of threats from right-wingers or because the Obama administration considered the wall in the territory of a future Palestinian capital.
Neither Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitz nor Rabbi Jay Karzen, who has conducted more than 2,000 bar mitzvas at the site, was contacted by Emanuel’s family or his office.
“We would have known about it if they inquired about it, so I don’t think they canceled a bar mitzva at the Wall or planned one,” Rabinovitz’s spokesman said.
But an official close to the Emanuel family insisted that the bar mitzva would indeed take place at the Western Wall, while another family friend hinted it was scheduled for Saturday, May 29.
Rahm Emanuel’s father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, reached at his home in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, told The Jerusalem Post that he “cannot make any statement” about the bar mitzva
BH Obama has made it clear that he intends to one day force Israel, if he can, to cede all the land Israel took in the 1967 war to the Arab enemy so they can create another terrorist state to complement the one Ariel Sharon helped build in 'Aza. If Emmanuel had a problem with this, we have not heard it from him.
The man's arrogance is breathtaking. He intends to hold his son's bar mitzvah at the Kotel that he intends to give to Israel's enemies once he's done using it as a photo prop for the occasion. How can anyone suffer this kind of an attitude? Well, BH Obama can I guess.