To understand the deep meaning behind this email, we have to go back to February 5, 2010 and a congressional hearing about a shipment of carp that was farmed in Illinois and was the subject of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Israel.
Illinois Rep. Donald Manzullo asked Secretary of State Clinton to personally get involved in a trade dispute between an Illinois gefilte fish company and the Israeli government.
As Yair Rosenberg wrote this week in Tablet Magazine quoting former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in his memoir Ally,
America signed its first-ever free-trade agreement with Israel back in 1985, but the treaty exempted certain Israeli products liable to be eradicated by their cheaper American counterparts. Apples, avocados, and oranges fell into this category, and so, too, did the carp cultivated by Galilean farmers. Which was why 400 pounds of the frozen Illinois fish were denied entry to the Promised Land.We found a video clip from 2010 on the CNN Money channel of a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing where the subject was discussed to everyone's amusement and prompted congressman Elliot Engel of New York to place an order for two jars of the gefilte fish.