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After ‘Pig Restaurant’ Scandal, Netanyahu Goes For Seafood

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Originally published at Jewish Business News.

Fresco by Scotto, the non-kosher Manhattan Italian restaurant picked by Prime Minister Netanyahu and his patron, Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson, for their get together following Bibi’s UN Assembly speech this week (See Bibi, Sheldon, Doing Traif Italian Lunch After UN Assembly Speech), has become the focal point of a raging storm in Israel’s Haredi newspapers.

After all, those newspaper argued, a prime minister so vociferous on the rights of Jews to a variety of territories and security guarantees could spend some time concentrating on the obligations of those same Jews, at least when he’s dining in public.

They dubbed it “The pig restaurant” scandal, even though, according to the NY Post, Bibi had veal chops.

Now the daily Maariv has revealed that after his lunch at the pig joint, Netanyahu was the guest of honor at a dinner with a group of Jewish billionaires at the Chart House, a sea food joint offering crabs, calamari and shrimp, which are all on the don’t list in Leviticus.

And while the pig lunch with Sheldon could pass for a private affair—just a meeting of a man and his sugar daddy—the Chart House gig was as official as they come. Present were Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and his wife, Netanyahu’s chief of staff Ari Harow, and Netanyahu’s man in New York Ze’ev Rubinstein.

The tycoons munching on forbidden crawlers included Mort Zuckerman, Morad Zamir, Daniel Levi and Israel Schwartz.

Maariv noted that one of the billionaires at the table was Spencer Partridge, who gained notoriety a while back over the “Bibitours” scandal – he airlifted Netanyahu and his family around North America on his private jet, which the Israeli AG investigated for a while. Now the case was closed and so the friendship can be renewed over a plate of Shrimp.

A reader criticized my coverage of Bibi’s pig lunch, calling it “hate speech.” I suppose she will have something to say about this piece, too. I don’t believe I’ve advocated outright hatred for Bibi – but I did question his judgment. Manhattan is packed with quality kosher restaurants, every one of which would have been delighted to close for a day and feed just Bibi and his deep pockets.

It’s not a crime for Israel’s prime minister to eat traif in public, but it’s certainly in bad taste. Even when the meal is delicious.

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks to Jewish Federation Leaders in New York

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Jewish Federation leaders on Tuesday, in New York, with the following remarks:

“Every time I come to the UN I try to tell the truth as it is. But here’s a picture I didn’t show in the UN yesterday. This is an impending execution. But this isn’t ISIS, this is Hamas. And during the recent fighting in Gaza, right around the time that ISIS was doing its grisly deeds, Hamas executed dozens of Palestinians just to impose fear and force the population of Gaza into submission.

It’s true there are some differences between Hamas and ISIS – for example ISIS beheads people and Hamas puts a bullet in the back of their heads. But to the victims, and the victims’ families, the horror is the same.

The point I was trying to make yesterday and I’m making today is that we are faced with a world-wide network of militant Islamists, groups and regimes. It’s not that they have a common war-room. They have war-rooms against each other because all of them wish to dominate first the region in which they are in and then ultimately the entire world. But they all share this fanatic ideology; they all have not only unbridled ambitions but also savage methods. And the more they have the capability to realize their ambitions, the more they’ll unleash their pent-up aggression against our common civilizations.

This is the point that I think is most important – We all support the efforts led by President Obama to stop and defeat ISIS, there’s no question that that has to be done. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is, as I said yesterday and I’ll say it again, is to win the battle and lose the war. We have to stop ISIS, defeat ISIS, but we have to prevent Iran from getting the capability to produce nuclear weapons.”

Bibi, Sheldon, Doing Traif Italian Lunch After UN Assembly Speech

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Republished from Jewish Business News.

After telling the UN General Assembly on Monday, or, rather, educating them about the strong similarities between the Hamas and ISIS (although Hamas is not known for chopping off as many heads – they prefer to execute their victims lying down on the ground), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed for a much deserved lunch in Midtown Manhattan, at Fresco by Scotto, accompanied by thirty, count them, 30 security guards, The NY Post reported.

The Post’s Page Six says Bibi, and his small army, attended a small lunch hosted by Las Vegas and Macao casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Only five people actually dined, but the restaurant was turned into a high security bastion against terrorism, as “every single customer at the restaurant had to go through a metal detector,” while Netanyahu and his Israeli and American guards looked on.

Sheldon Adelson has been Netanyahu’s sugar daddy for years, and even started a daily newspaper in Israel devoted mostly to supporting the prime minister, no matter what. Adelson has invested enough in the daily, Israel Today, to push out of the way all the rest of Israel’s dailies. Mostly because he gives away the paper for free.

With this much unconditional love, Sheldon certainly deserved to have lunch with his fair haired boy when he’s in town.

“The entire block was closed,” a source told the Post, adding, “There were even Secret Service men on the roof.”

Netanyahu had the veal chop.

If you’re a fan of kosher dining, you’d probably be better off waiting on the sidewalk with the gorillas (who are vegetarian, we’re told). The first item on the Fresco by Scotto lunch menu is their delightful meat & cheese antipasto, which adds the sin of prosciutto di parma to the mortadella, mozzarella, sweet and spicy sausage, provolone and capicola. The whole thing for $37, recommended for two or more.

OK, so now you know, the king of Israel eats traif. But really good, traif.

Netanyahu Arrives in New York, Prepares for UN Speech

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu landed Sunday evening at JFK International Airport in New York, in advance of his address to the United Nations General Assembly, set for Monday.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak three days after Israel was accused in a speech at the same podium of carrying out a “genocidal crime” in Gaza by Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The PLO chairman, who also heads the Palestinian Authority unity government and Fatah faction, began his own speech by proclaiming that Israel had chosen to make this year “a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people.”

This was presumably a reference to the 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge that Israel was forced to carry out in order to silence the endless rocket and missile attacks on southern Israel by Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

Abbas went on to bemoan the “Palestine’s beloved martyred children, women and men” and rage against “the colonial occupying Power” that he said was responsible for “a new Nakba.” It was the “racist occupying State” which he said had committed a larger “genocidal crime” in Gaza, displacing “half a million people” from their homes.

He failed to mention that it was the Gazans themselves who were responsible for the deaths — Hamas members who insisted on launching attacks on Israelis from within civilian enclaves, using their relatives and neighbors as human shields and teaching children how to launch rockets too.

Israeli satellite imagery captured shots of the sites from where the rockets and missiles were being launched, and detailed maps have been documented for media and legal experts in the international arena.

“I will tell the truth on behalf of Israel’s citizens to the entire world,” the prime minister said in a statement late Saturday.

“In my UN General Assembly speech and in all of my meetings I will represent the citizens of Israel and will, on their behalf, refute the slander and lies directed at our country.”

Netanyahu is expected to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

conEdision’s Multilingual Video on Gas Safety [video]

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

ConEd has created a series of multilingual gas safety videos for New Yorkers. So far they’ve done Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

We’re waiting to hear about videos in Yiddish and Hebrew.

ConEd’s message is simple: Smell gas, act fast. The videos cover signs of a potential gas leak and what to do; most importantly:

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DETECT A GAS LEAK

  • If the odor is strong, leave immediately and take others with you.
  • If you are outside, leave the area immediately.
  • Do not light a match or smoke, turn appliances or lights on or off (including flashlights), use a telephone or start a car. Doing so can produce sparks that might cause the gas to explode.
  • Find a phone away from the area and call 911 or 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). You can report leaks anonymously.
  • Do not assume someone else will report the condition.
  • National Grid customers should call 1-718-643-4050.
  • Tell us if there is a problem with your electric service.
  • Follow directions from emergency responders who are on site.

New York Man Recruiting for ISIS, Prosecutors Say

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A U.S. naturalized citizen was indicted Tuesday in New York federal court on charges of recruiting people to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group.

Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old business owner from Yemen, allegedly tried to recruit people to join ISIS and shoot people in the U.S., NBC News reported Tuesday.

Elfgeeh was arrested in May after attempted to buy two handguns with silencers from an informant for the FBI. Although the firearms charges were made public in June, the charges on recruiting for ISIS were gagged until the grand jury indictment held on Tuesday.

According to prosecutors, Elfgeeh tried to persuade two undercovers and a third person in Yemen to travel to Syria and “fight on behalf of ISIS.” He also told the undercovers he wanted the guns to carry out shootings, and suggested he might target Shia Muslims and U.S. veterans returning from the Middle East, in the Rochester area.

The FBI probe began a year ago when he allegedly started posting a series of tweets expressing support for Al Qaeda, ISIS and other international terror groups. In one message, Elfgeeh even suggested people donate a third of their salaries to jihadists.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Remembering 9/11

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The North Tower Fountain National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/remembering-911/2014/09/11/

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