US President Barack Obama is still a close ally of Israel, said Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in an interview with Channel 2 on Tuesday.

"The president's commitment to the state of Israel is deeply felt," Emanuel said.

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Emanuel assured that Obama would stand with Israel on the Iranian issue.  He credited the sanctions imposed by the international coalition on Iran to the US president, telling Channel 2 that "Obama took the US from being internationally isolated on Iran to isolating Iran internationally."