Rahm Emanuel, President-Elect Barrack Obama's selection to be his Chief of White House staff, has been informed by the relevant security and intelligence agencies that his security clearance for the sensitive position has been denied.
Emanuel's situation seems to be analogous to that of other Jews working in government service who have had close connections to Israel or Israelis.
Emanuel, who, according to his father, his son is the namesake of Rahamim, a Lehi (Stern Group) combatant who was killed. Rahm’s surname was adopted by his family in 1933, after Rahm’s paternal uncle, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem. His father, the Jerusalem-born Benjamin M. Emanuel, is a pediatrician and former member of the Irgun, a militant Zionist group active in the British Mandate of Palestine between 1931 and 1948. [source]
It has been understood that Arab heads of state as well as American Arab fraternal organizations have privately conveyed to Obama their dismay that someone even remotely involved with Zionist terrorist massacres against Palestinian Arabs could be raised to such a level of service.
Both the Israeli familial connections as well as the obvious links to foreign political parties seems to have dashed Emanuel's aspirations for advancement. It also should be recalled that Emanuel was a civilian volunteer in the Israel Defense Forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, serving in one of Israel's northern bases, rust-proofing brakes. [source]
Besides the famous Jonathan Pollard case, in recent years other instances of zealous government protection from deep within the intelligence community have been observed to sabotage careers of promising Americans of the Jewish faith who also are involved with Israel. The AIPAC spy case and the David Tennebaum affair as well as the stubborn refusal of the intelligence community to agree to a pardon or clemency for Jonathn Pollard would indicate a rather unyielding approach, if not downright discrimination against Americnas of Jewish background and Israel connections.
Washington has been rife with rumors these past few nano-hours whether Obamna would cave in again to the media pressure and dismiss the appointment.
Obama's response has not been forthcoming before this satirical blog post was set off into the cyberspace of the blogosphere.