Katz (r), Emanuel
Katz (r), Emanuel Israel News Photo: (composite photo)

Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to U.S. President Barack Obama, told a large group of AIPAC supporters on Sunday that American efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear program depend on progress in Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. So reported Channel One’sMabat TV news report. 

MK Yaakov Katz, chairman of the Ichud Leumi (National Union) party, says the veiled threat by Emanuel should be rebuffed and exposed for what it is: “He is basically telling Israel to commit suicide in exchange for American consent to consider dealing with the Iranian threat to the world.”

“What Emanuel is saying,” Katz told Arutz-7’s Hebrew newsmagazine, “is that in order for the U.S. to agree to act against the nuclear program that threatens not only Israel, but entire other nations around the world, the price is that Israel should commit suicide - i.e., we must agree to a two-state solution that will see Hamas threatening us with its missiles not only from Gaza, as it is now, but from the very heart of Israel as well, in Judea and Samaria.”

“In other words,” Katz continued, “we have to bring ourselves to the brink of extinction by allowing Hamastan into Judea and Samaria.  And this is the idea of a Jew, Rahm Emanuel – a Jew whose father fought in the Etzel (Irgun) against the British for the future of the State of Israel, but whose son, born in America, identifies with the most left-wing opinions, whose significance is the destruction of the State of Israel. I think this has to be stated very clearly.” 

Katz noted that what is happening in Pakistan right now is proof that Israel cannot even consider “doing business” with its Muslim enemies.

“The Pakistani government made many concessions to the Taliban/Al Qaeda, giving them Islamic courts and allowing them control over certain areas, hoping to thus curry favor with them," Katz said. "But the result was that the Taliban is now threatening the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and the fear is that the terrorists will gain access to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. The government there finally realized that it has no choice but to make war against them.

"We do not want to find ourselves with Tel Aviv and all of Israel’s cities under the same threat," Katz said, "and therefore we cannot entertain the type of solution that Emanuel wishes to force upon us – against the will of the people as democratically expressed in our recent elections.”

US Concern Over Pakistan

President Obama has said that the Pakistani government is "very fragile," and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has gone on record as saying that Pakistan was "basically abdicating" to the Taliban.

Obama will meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in Washington this week against the backdrop of concern over the vulnerability of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. The New York Times recently published a report that the Obama Administration is worried that Taliban Muslims might snatch an atomic weapon in transport or have sympathizers infiltrate laboratories or fuel-production facilities.