Israelis are none too pleased with the pressure the Obama administration is putting on them to halt the expansion of their West Bank settlements, but it’s not Obama they’re mad at; it’s Rahm Emanuel. The chief of staff has extensive personal ties to the country—“Israel” is literally his middle name—and many assumed he’d protect its interests. Now they feel betrayed by a native son, Politico reports.
Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly characterized both Emanuel and David Axelrod as “self-hating Jews.” The left-leaning Haaretz paper, meanwhile, ran a cartoon depicting Emanuel as a whip-wielding lion tamer, directing the US, a cowardly lion, to bite Netanyahu. “In Israel they jump down his throat,” says Emanuel’s father. “My children are Zionists, they came to Israel every year, and I don't know why they're attacking Rahm.”