Netanyahu and Adelson Eat Traif in NY: The Bad and the Good.

Skooling the UN on the similarities between HAMAS and ISIS can sure stimulate your appetite apparently (never mind that ISIS is on record stating that HAMAS will have to be eliminated before Palestine can be free). That’s the position Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself in last Monday as he scooted down to the Midtown location of Fresco by Scotto, a fancy shmancy resto previously patronized by former Israeli President Shimon Peres this past summer. Bibi’s entourage included Sheldon Adelson, his host, and no less than 30 presumably armed bodyguards. The New York Post’s Page Six reported “‘…every single customer at the restaurant had to go through a metal detector,’ as [Netanyahu] was flanked by Israeli and American guards. ‘The entire block was closed,’ the spy said, adding, ‘There were even Secret Service men on the roof.’ We hear that Netanyahu opted for a veal chop as he held court.” The JTA for their part added:

Meanwhile, officials from the haredi Orthodox parties, all in the opposition, are accusing the Prime Minster’s Office of desecrating Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat by commenting to the media on the High Holidays, Ynet reported Tuesday. The haredi parties also reportedly plan to use the incident as a way to attack Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Jewish Home party and a government minister, for compromising his religious principles by serving in the government coalition, according to Ynet.

So yeah. There we are. One of Bibi’s major demands in negotiations with Palestinians is that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state. How is anyone going to take him seriously when he plays fast and loose with basic Jewish values like Sabbath observance, High Holiday observance and kashrut. Needless to say, Fresco by Scotto is not a kosher restaurant. At all. Never mind that the Jewish prohibition against animal cruelty – tza’ar ba’alei chayim – really ought to preclude the consumption of veal by anyone who believes in the principles of Judaism and, you know, basic human decency. Not that I’m judging. Alright – that’s the bad part.

The good part? Stupid anti-Israel agitators will seem even stupider when they describe Israel as being led by extremist theocrats. Netanyahu is many things, but an advocate of theocracy? Hard to imagine as he enjoys a $37 Meat and Cheese Antipasto. I guess every cloud has a silver lining. Of course Netanyahu could have nipped all this in the bug by not being so public about his meal. Fresco by Scotto has a takeout location and apparently there are a couple of kosher restaurants in New York he could have opted for apparently. But who has time for that? Dude was hungry yo! Anyway, Yom Kippur is around the corner. Now Bibi and Sheldon have something to atone for. Yay!

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