Israeli activists have sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, asking him to stay away from the Kotel (Wailing Wall) when he comes to Israel for his son’s bar-mitzva. Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel say that Emanuel has hurt Israel’s interest, and the men accuse the President’s left-hand man of telling Israel’s LA consul “Americans were ‘disgusted with Israelis.’
From ArutzSheva: The men promise Emanuel a “welcome you deserve,” if he makes an appearance at Kotel, also known as the Western Wall and the Wailing Wall:
Rightwing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and
Baruch Marzel have a suggestion to U.S. President Barack Obama’s chief
of staff Rahm Emanuel: Don’t come to the Kotel when you celebrate your
son’s Bar Mitzvah. If he does celebrate the event at the holy site, the
two promised that they would “help” Emanuel commemorate the day in a
“unique” manner. The two expressed their concerns in a letter they sent
Emanuel on the subject.
Ben-Gvir and Marzel wrote in
the letter that “throughout the past year you have been whispering in
Obama’s ear that he should pressure Israel, working like a fifth column
in the White House against the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
Recently you even told our consul in Los Angeles that Americans were
‘disgusted with Israelis.’ Unlike Israeli leaders, we will not
brownnose and try to find favor in your eyes. We promise to welcome you
in a manner you deserve – not with flowers and candy, but with our
disgust for what you represent,” the letter said.
To me, the importance of this letter is not whether or not Emanuel shall and can show up at the Kotel, although it is the premier issue to the activists. As an American, I want to know if there is truth to Emanuel telling the Los Angeles counsel that Americans are disgusted with Israelis? If this is true, Rahm Emanuel needs to step down from his White House office, and move on to the Chicago machine that still grinds for him daily. Emanuel does not speak for the American people.