White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is resigned Friday morning and White House staffer Pete Rouse is his interim replacement. Rouse was Obama’s chief of staff when he served in the Senate.
Emanuel is expected to run for mayor of Chicago, Illinois. He already has a campaign manager and will reportedly begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters there on Monday.
Emanuel was a Congressman from Illinois before becoming Mr. Obama's chief of staff at the White House.
Emanuel's relationship with Israel
has been rocky, and many Israelis believe he was a driving force behind various attempts by the White House to humiliate Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to pressure Israel inordinately on matters regarding the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. According to some reports, Netanyahu once called Emanuel a "self hating Jew," but the prime minister has denied saying this.
Emanuel is Jewish. Rouse has a Japanese mother and a white father.