WASHINGTON, DC - Ira N. Forman, Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), released the following statement:
President-elect Barack Obama made an outstanding selection in choosing Representative Rahm Emanuel to serve as his Chief of Staff. Emanuel has been a forceful and effective leader within the Democratic Party. His voting record and leadership in support of the U.S.-Israel relationship are outstanding.
Emanuel has deep Jewish roots and strong ties to the Jewish community. Emanuel, the son of an Israeli immigrant, has a proven commitment to Israel's security and served as civilian volunteer on an Israeli military base during the Persian Gulf War of 1991.
We congratulate Emanuel and look forward to continuing to work with Emanuel in his new role in the Obama administration.