Mr. Emanuel is not just a figurehead. He will be Chief of Staff. And he is very pro-Israel. His father was a member of Irgun. Mr. Emauel is by all accounts a practicing Jew and respected member of his synagogue.
So, here is the hope that being a Jew, Muslim, born again Christian, or whatever, is put aside and we can get down to bringing America back to a position of respect around the world.