On Politics, Squid and Israeli Tourism

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (photo in Public Domain, taken from Wikimedia Commons)

Many of you may have heard the public flap that occurred when White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel arrived in Israel this week to celebrate the bar mitzvahs of his son and nephew. In case you haven’t, I’ll summarize.

While in Eilat, Emanuel and family ate a seafood dinner in a fancy restaurant, then passed the bill over to a representative of the Israel Ministry of Tourism to pay. Or did he? In a rapid response to the news story, the Ministry quickly denied the allegations.

So why am I raising this story here? I actually have two points to raise.

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