Jews anywhere in the world can volunteer to serve in the Israeli military, whether or not they are Israeli citizens. Any many do. Palestinians want those foreign fighters investigated for war crimes. There’s a cold chance in hell THAT will ever happen, but raising the issue is good.
On a related note, how many Americans in positions of power and authority in our federal government have dual (Israeli – American) citizenship? A friend pointed out to me that many do. Check out this list (which hasn’t been confirmed and many of these people are no longer in government).
Attorney General – Michael Mukasey (former)
Head of Homeland Security – Michael Chertoff (former)
Chairman Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Richard Perle (former)
Deputy Defense Secretary (Former) – Paul Wolfowitz
Under Secretary of Defense – Douglas Feith (former)
National Security Council Advisor – Elliott Abrams (former)
Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff (Former) – “Scooter” Libby
White House Deputy Chief of Staff – Joshua Bolten
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs – Marc Grossman
Director of Policy Planning at the State Department – Richard Haass
U.S. Trade Representative (Cabinet-level Position) – Robert Zoellick
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – James Schlesinger
UN Representative (Former) – John Bolton
Under Secretary for Arms Control – David Wurmser
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Eliot Cohen
Senior Advisor to the President – Steve Goldsmith
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Christopher Gersten
Assistant Secretary of State – Lincoln Bloomfield
Deputy Assistant to the President – Jay Lefkowitz
White House Political Director – Ken Melman
National Security Study Group – Edward Luttwak
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Kenneth Adelman
Defense Intelligence Agency Analyst (Former) – Lawrence (Larry) Franklin
National Security Council Advisor – Robert Satloff
President Export-Import Bank U.S. – Mel Sembler
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families – Christopher Gersten
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Public Affairs – Mark Weinberger
White House Speechwriter – David Frum
White House Spokesman (Former) – Ari Fleischer
Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board – Henry Kissinger
Deputy Secretary of Commerce – Samuel Bodman
Under Secretary of State for Management – Bonnie Cohen
Director of Foreign Service Institute – Ruth Davis
I’d like to know if a similar list has been constructed for current officials serving today in the US government.
I’d like to know how many members of Congress have dual citizenship.
The obvious concerns about a conflict of interest must be clear.