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I am very concerned about the possibility of Rahm Emanuel becoming president-elect Obama's Chief of Staff. Besides the reasons given by John Nichols, there are others as well. Mr.Emanuel is deeply involved with Israel, as his father was born there and was a member of the Stern gang during the formation of Israel, and Rahm has gone there several times on work projects, etc. It would be difficult to approach the problems of the Middle East objectively with his influence, especially in decisions of dealing with Iran, given Mr. Emanuel's history of support of the Iraq war and his close ties with Israel.

The Chief of Staff is influential in making many decisions regarding access to the president by representatives from at home and abroad, which could strongly influence policy decisions.

He was reported to be extremely rude to various representatives from peace organizations when they wished to speak with him and to have ordered them to leave. I am frankly surprised at this choice, and I hope that this does not indicate undue influence from Bill Clinton in Obama's choices and decisions. Hopefully, Emanuel will turn down the offer.