Sunday, May 23, 2010

HELL NO! Pay Your Own Dang Bill, Mr. Emanuel! How Dare You Eat Fried Squid As You Plan Your Son's Bar Mitzvah, And Expect Israel To Pay the Bill!


HELL NO, Mr. Emanuel!  Pay your own bill!

You should not go to Israel, pretend to be a representative of MY government during your PRIVATE trip, and then expect Israel to pay for your UNKOSHER meal which, ironically, you ate while you planned your son’s Bar Mitzvah . . . you know, the ancient ceremony where you son becomes a “son of the Torah.”

I guess you forgot that Kashrut was part of that Torah, right?

You are a rude, discourteous, embarrassment to the United States, Israel, and Judaism.

I feel very sorry for your son.  It is sad that your crass behavior has to taint his special day.  You will be lucky if several rabbis don’t come out against your son becoming a bar mitzvah when he can’t possibly know the first thing about his obligations after living with a father like you.

You should be ashamed of yourself!

(I know I am ashamed of you!)



The Emanuels Feast in Eilat – Israel Foots Bill
by Gil Ronen

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his family dined on seafood at an Eilat restaurant and left the bill for  the Israeli Tourism Ministry, according to reports in Israeli media. The report was met with consternation by MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union, who wants the bill sent back to Emanuel.

Emanuel  is in Israel on a private visit with his parents, his wife, his children and other family members, to make preparations for his son's upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Upon arrival in Israel Friday, the Emanuels headed  for Eilat, where they dined on seafood at a restaurant. After the (unkosher) meal, which included cheviche (citrus marinaded seafood), calamari (fried squid), various fish, salads and hamburgers, the bill was handed over to a Ministry of Tourism representative who accompanied the Emanuels.

Ben-Ari fired off a letter to the Attorney General in which he said: "I was amazed to hear that following the sumptuous meal at the 'Boston' restaurant Emanuel handed the bill to a Ministry of  Tourism representative who was present. In my humble legal opinion there is no possibility of making the State of Israel pay for such a meal, as part of a private visit by the White House Chief of Staff and his family.”

"The public coffers are not up for grabs and the fact  that the gentleman [Emanuel] sponsors anti-Semitic policies in the White House is certainly no justification for digging into the public coffer at the expense of the old lady in the corridor of the hospital,” Ben-Ari added – in a reference to the shortage of hospital beds in Israel, which is attributed to budgetary problems.

"I ask you, sir, to immediately cancel the debiting of the Ministry of Tourism's account and to promptly send the bill directly to Mr. Emanuel's private home,” he added.  

It is not known where the Bar Mitzvah ceremony  will take place. Nationalists have said that they will prevent Emanuel from celebrating at the Kotel, but there have been reports that the ceremony will be held at Robinson's Arch, which is slightly removed from  the Kotel and which serves Reform and Conservative communities. 

The  media-savvy Emanuel made no attempt to keep his family's culinary experience in Eilat -- at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer -- from becoming known to the Israeli media and even posed for a picture with the restaurant's chef.

The event might therefore be interpreted by some as a deliberate message by Emanuel, in keeping with a line of theatrically insulting messages to Israel delivered by the White House since it came under Emanuel's direction. The most notorious of these was  the photograph released by the White House of President Barack Obama speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with his feet propped up on his desk and the soles thrust at the camera. (


  1. Gil, exposing the bottom of one's shoe is not considered an insult in the west. Also, most photo shoots are choreographed by the photographer; it was the photographer's idea to take the picture that way, and the editing department's decision to use that photo out of many that were taken.

  2. B"H

    Normally I would agree with you, but it was an official White House photo, and the only one released which showed Obama speaking to Netanyahu. The audience wasn't Westerners--it was the middle east, where such a thing IS a HUGE insult.

  3. But how do you know he was aware of how the photo would appear? Maybe he just didn't think about it? Most Americans do not know it's an insult, and being an official photo doesn't necessarily mean the politicians had more artistic license.

  4. B"H

    Nothing leaves the White House without a full understanding of what it looks like and what it means. That's what his people are paid for. If they didn't know, then they learned the hard way.


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