Interesting perspective on him. M. J. Rosenberg, a Jew who knows Rahm said:
Before the netroots starts attacking Emanuel as an AIPAC stooge, Likudnik, or whatever, let me weigh in.
It’s not true. His father is an Israeli and was active in the Irgun, the terrorist group founded by Menachem Begin which famously bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
I don’t know what the old man’s politics on Israel are today (not all Irgunists were rightwingers). I suspect that, if he was still a rightwinger, he would not have produced a bunch of liberal kids. (Rahm’s brother, the Jeremy Piven one, writes often on HuffPo and is a total Hollywood liberal).
Anyway, what I know about Emanuel on Israel is that he was a key player in getting President Clinton to embrace Oslo and to hold the Rabin-Arafat signing ceremony. I remember standing on the lawn and watching George Stephanopoulos and Rahm Emanuel all teary over “the handshake.”
As a Member of Congress, Emanuel was not all that hawkish either. He supports Israel (so do I) but he definitely supports the peace process too. My guess: he’ll be the one encouraging Obama to go for an Israeli-Palestinian deal the first year. And, when the rightwing Jews complain, he’ll tell them to stick it up their a**.
And they will.
I think as Muslims we have to realize that there may have been many Zionists in the past who wanted Palestine to be erased from maps, but they have come to realize that isn’t going to happen so they are settling for peace instead. I also believe that the Zionists are getting older and dying out similar to the Republican party. Their racist and ignorant ideas are getting old and dying with them. The younger generation is different and part of the “hope for change” movement.