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Obama Must Keep Kosher for Passover at King David Hotel

Monday, March 11th, 2013

President Barack Obama will have to eat kosher for Passover meals, without bread, during his stay the King David Hotel next week, Haaretz reported.

“We’re used to hosting heads of state and also American presidents, but this situation is very special for us because it’s so close to Pesach [Passover]. For us it will be double the preparations,” the hotel’s manager, Dror Danino, told the newspaper.

That means lots of vegetables and no bread and no noodles or any other foods containing leavened bread.

The Cost to Israel of Obama’s Visit

Friday, March 1st, 2013

The confirmed visit to Israel by U.S. President Barack Obama for later this month is no longer a sure thing.  The trip will not go forward if Israeli Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu fails to put together a ruling coalition in advance of the announced March 20 trip date.  But if the stars align and Obama decides to go through with his current plans to visit Israel, will the cost be worth it?

The cost to Israelis who are waiting for permits for housing in certain parts of Israel has already been discussed: Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has placed a freeze on construction anywhere beyond the 1967 Armistice Line until after Obama leaves the country.

Also well known and anticipated is the pressure the U.S. president is likely to place on Israeli leadership both to return to the negotiating table in order to move forward the “peace process,” as well as to let the big boys – i.e. the U.S. and the EU – decide when, and whether, to put a complete stop to Iran’s march to nuclear weaponization.

But there is another set of costs that Israel will have to bear if Obama and his entourage make the planned but still tentative visit to Israel.

As the Israeli news outlet YNet explained, the three-day visit is expected to cost the state of Israel more than $ 2.5 million.

The greatest chunk of the cost will be in enhanced security as thousands of additional Israeli police and military officers will be stationed in an expansive, mobile cocoon surrounding Obama and his entourage at all times.  During all travel within the country, there will be helicopter as well as automobile ecorts.

As with other heads of states visits, Obama will be staying at the famous King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where entire hallways will be closed off to the general public.  For a visit of a dignitary such as the U.S. president, additional costs will be racked up in special floral arrangements, re-furbishing of furniture and other amenities at the hotel.  Extraordinary communication arrangements and the provision of emergency medical contingencies supplies will also be made available during the president’s visit.

A senior Israeli treasury official told YNet that the cost to Israel of a visit by President Obama is likely to be as much as 10 times the cost of a visit from any other head of state.  “There is no doubt the visit is worth the extra expense,” he hastened to add.

King David Hotel Named One of World’s Top 100

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Jerusalem’s historic King David Hotel is being called one of the top 12 “iconic hotels” and one of the world’s best 100 by Fodor’s.

 

Fodor’s is one of the world’s foremost publishers of English-language tour and travel guide books.

 

This is Fodor’s first Top 100 Hotel Awards, which placed the hotels in one of eight categories: New and Noteworthy, Grande Dame, Casual Chic, Design, Local Flavor, Clubby Atmosphere, Luxurious Retreat, and Trusted Brand.

 

Israel was listed in the “Grande Dame” category, “legendary hotels with superlative history and service.”

 

“The grande dame of Israeli luxury hotels opened in 1931 and has successfully (and self-importantly) defended its title ever since,” Fodor’s said.  “There are other luxury hotels in Jerusalem, but none possess the historical significance and elegant surroundings of the landmarked King David. From the dignified lobby filled with travel guide-toting visitors and diplomats making notes for their next meeting, one can feel the energy of the momentous events that have taken place here. Sit on the flower-filled terrace overlooking the city’s loveliest pool and sip a glass of mint tea while gazing at the stately walls of Jerusalem’s Old City… And when you’re eating the famously excellent breakfast, don’t be surprised if you bump into royalty, world leaders, or rock stars.”

 

The King David hotel was built with the funding of Egyptian Jews in 1931, and was famously attacked by the Jewish liberation fighters of the Irgun in the summer of 1946, when the King David was used by the occupying British as an administrative and military headquarters.  Famous guests at the King David include King George V, former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Richard Nixon, British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, and celebrities Richard Gere, Elizabeth Taylor, and Madonna, as well as then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.   It features 233 rooms, 42 luxury suites, a presidential suite and a royal suite.

 

Other “Grande Dame” hotels awarded by Fodor’s are  Baur au Lac Zurich, Switzerland; Breakers Palm Beach, Florida; Carlyle, New York City; Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hay-Adams Washington, DC; Villa D’Este, Lake Como; La Mamounia, Marrakesh; and The Savoy London, England.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/king-david-hotel-named-one-of-worlds-top-100/2011/12/06/

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