(ANSA) – Gerusalemme, 6 nov. La stampa israeliana dà oggi ampio rilievo alla prima nomina del presidente eletto Barak Obama: Rahm Emanuel, figlio di genitori emigrati da Israele negli anni sessanta, sarà segretario generale della Casa Bianca, un posizione ritenuta di grande potere e influenza che gli permetterà di essere a stretto contatto quotidiano col presidente. Il quotidiano Maariv ha dedicato alla nomina un ampio servizio dal titolo ‘Il nostro uomo alla Casa Bianca’. Il giornale riferisce che il padre di Rahm, Binyamin, che esercita la professione di pediatra negli Stati Uniti, è stato in gioventù membro dell’ Etzel, un gruppo clandestino ebraico ultranazionalista che combattè contro il mandato britannico in Palestina. ”Sono certo – ha detto il padre al giornale – che mio figlio influenzerà il presidente in senso filoisraeliano”.
Emanuel, 38 anni, secondo il quotidiano Haaretz, ha compiuto un breve periodo di servizio militare in Israele nel 1997, e nel 1991, nei mesi che hanno preceduto il conflitto nel Golfo,
ha prestato servizio come volontario in un’officina dell’esercito israeliano per la riparazione di carri armati.
|Obama kick-starts transition, picks Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff|
|By Haaretz Staff and The Associated Press|
|A day after winning an historic election to become the first black American president, Barack Obama on Wednesday stepped into the role of president-elect, inviting Rahm Emanuel to join his administration as his White House chief of staff, Democratic officials.
If Emanuel accepts, which sources say he is likely to do, he will return to the White House where he served as a political and policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. Emanuel is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives as the Democratic Caucus Chair.
Emanuel is the son of 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.
Several Democrats also said Masachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the party’s 2004 presidential nominee, was actively seeking appointment as secretary of state in the new administration.
Two campaign officials said the appointment of a chief of staff was not expected for at least a day.
Instead, they said Obama would issue a written statement announcing that his transition team would be headed by John Podesta, who served as chief of taff under Clinton; Pete Rouse, who has been Obama’s chief of staff in the Senate; and Valerie Jarrett, a friend of the president-elect and campaign adviser.
The officials who described the developments did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss events not yet announced.
On the day after Obama’s election, several prominent Democrats described uncertainty about the extent to which lobbyists would be invited to work in the new administration. As a candidate, Obama frequently said lobbyists would not run his White House.
That left unclear whether they would be permitted to serve, and if so, in what posts and under what conditions.
The president-elect had breakfast with his wife and daughters, then left his house for a workout at a nearby gym. Aides said he intended to visit his campaign headquarters later in the day to thank his staff.
Obama has 10 weeks to build a new administration. But his status as an incumbent member of Congress presents issues unseen since 1960, when Democrat John F. Kennedy moved from the Senate to the White House.
The Senate is scheduled to hold a post-election session in two weeks, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference Wednesday to reinforce her call for quick action on a bill to stimulate the economy.
That places Obama in uncharted territory – a president-elect, presumably first among equals among congressional Democrats. Yet his and their ability to enact legislation depends almost entirely until Inauguration Day on President George W. Bush’s willingness to sign it.