Obama's chief of staff is the son of a former member of the terrorist Irgun gang under Menachem Begin.
Obama's first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff
Anshel Pfeffer and Shlomo Shamir - Haaretz
November 06, 2008
A day after his historic election to become the first black American president, Barack Obama stepped into the role of president-elect yesterday, inviting Rahm Emanuel to join his administration as White House chief of staff, Democratic officials said.
Emanuel, a former Bill Clinton adviser, is the son of [Benjamin M. Emanuel] a Jerusalem-born pediatrician who was a member of the Irgun (Etzel or IZL), a militant Zionist group that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948.
All [Rahm, Ariel, and Ezekiel Emanuel] are the sons of an Israeli father [Benjamin M. Emanuel], now a 70-year-old Chicago pediatrician, who passed secret codes for Menachem Begin's underground. (Elisabeth Bumiller, "The Brothers Emanuel," The New York Times, June 15, 1997)
"In the 1940s Benjamin Emanuel interrupted his medical school training in Switzerland to take part in an unsuccessful scheme to smuggle guns from Czechoslovakia to the Israeli underground." ("Rahm Emanuel, Pitbull Politician," Fortune, September 25 2006)
During the Gulf War in 1991, Rahm Emanuel went to "Israel" to "serve as a civilian volunteer."
Let there be no doubt that Rahm Emanuel is still a sayanim whose capacity to serve "Israel" has just grown enormously.