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Religious Zionists make good on promise to take Rahm (and Zach) to school

(ABC News by Simon McGregor-Wood)  Religious nationalist Jews got wind of the Zach Emanuel bar mitzvah trip, due to take place next week, and warned Emanuel they would "blow up" the celebration. They accuse Emanuel of being behind President Obama's tough stance against Jewish settlements in occupied territory.
Nationalists Itamar Ben-Gvir, Noam Federman, Baruch Marzel,
and MK Michael Ben-Ari at police station after
 Ben-Gvir was arrested.  (IsraelNationalNews.com)

Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel wrote to Emanuel: "We promise to accompany your son's bar mitzvah events in Israel, we will make sure to receive you as you deserve to be received ... with catcalls and disgust."
Ben Gvir and Marzel have reportedly offered to take the teenager "on a day of fun without his father, in which we will hold a jeep tour in the various heritage sites of the Jewish people such as the Western Wall, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Joseph's Tomb. We can only hope he will return to his father and teach him a few things about the Jewish peoples' heritage."

(Story by Robert Berger for CBS News JERUSALEM) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got a hot welcome to Jerusalem's Old City Thursday.

Arriving to celebrate his son's Bar Mitzvah, President Obama's right-hand-man was heckled by nationalist Israeli activist Itamar Ben-Gvir.

"You are an anti-Semite, a hypocrite who hates Israel!" Mr. Ben-Gvir shouted. "You want Israel to return to the 1967 borders. Shame on you!"

Many Israelis feel betrayed by Emanuel, whose father is Israeli. They blame him for what they see as President Obama's anti-Israel policy.

Ties between Israel and the U.S. have plummeted since Mr. Obama took office last year. ... This has created the popular perception here that Mr. Obama, and Emanuel, are selling Israel out to appease the Arab world.

Even though Emanuel is on a private visit, he took some time for official business. He met with Netanyahu and issued a surprise invitation for a meeting at the White House next Tuesday.

Now that peace talks have resumed after a 17-month deadlock, Israeli officials say the Obama administration is apparently interested in mending fences.

1 comment:

Eva Deutsch Costabel said...

Rahm Emanuel has lot of hutzpa to visit Israel after the horrific damage he has done to Israel and Jewish people. He just wants to appease the Jews
for fear that the Jews will not vote for Obama next time. If Jews have any self respect they will not vote for him or give the Obama administration a dine. Unfortunately there are several rich Jewish traitors like Soros, Tom Friedman and of course the dumb Hollywood crowd, who are cutting their own throats. Let's hope that there are some sane Jews left around.
Eva Costabel, Holocaust survivor