Out of all the latest Hillary Clinton emails made public, one regarding a classic Jewish dish is perplexing people the most.
An email sent on March 5, 2010, when Clinton was serving as the US secretary of state, simply stated in the subject line “Gefilte fish” and in the message’s body read “Where are we on this?”
According to a report by The Washington Post on Tuesday, it was sent to Richard R. Verma, who was the assistant secretary of state on legislative affairs at the time, and Jake Sullivan, one of Clinton’s high-ranking advisers. The message was part of the most recent set made public Monday by the US State department.
As the confusion gained speed, Yair Rosenberg, a writer for Tablet magazine, was able to help explain the incident, which was mentioned in the recent book by Kulanu MK Michael Oren Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, about his time as the Israel’s ambassador to the US.
It turns out that the incident involved an American shipment of carp, or white fish, that was sent to Israel from Illinois ahead of the Passover holiday. Carp is the central ingredient in gefilte fish, which sees demand jump before Passover and the High Holidays.