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September 22, 2016 2:57 pm

Report: Netanyahu Escorted to Men’s Room at Upscale New York Restaurant by 20 Security Guards

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was escorted to the bathroom in a New York City restaurant on Tuesday night by an estimated 20 security agents, the New York Post’s Page Six reported.

Israel’s premier was having dinner with his wife at the upscale eatery Harry Cipriani when he got up to use the restroom and was followed by a host of elite Shin Bet security agents. A few of the guards even went into the bathroom with Netanyahu, a source told the Post, adding, “One watched the door, and the rest lined up with their arms up to form a human barricade, so nobody could enter the bathroom or even get close.”

Fellow diners who watched the scene unfold included talk show host Charlie Rose, billionaire Ronald Perelman, ­DuJour magazine CEO Jason Binn and fashion icon Iris Apfel.

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The insider said 20 security guards were at the restaurant — located inside the Sherry-Netherland hotel — an hour before Netanyahu arrived, and when the prime minister came, he brought an additional 20 agents with him into the venue, which seats a little over 100 people. Other agents were “discreetly placed around the restaurant,” and they carried a “large security device in a black box,” he said. Security agents were also positioned around the hotel.

“In order to get to the restaurant, you had to walk around the block to a barricaded area, which was manned by security and attack dogs,” said the source. “Guests were patted down and had to go through metal detectors. He must be the most protected man in the world right now.”

Netanyahu is in New York for the UN General Assembly, which he addressed on Thursday. It was previously reported that he often has up to 500 security guards with him on a daily basis, according to Page SixHe also uses bomb-sniffing dogs and devices that disrupt mobile phone signals that are used to detonate remote bombs.

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  • eastsidetrader

    Obviously he is a popular man?

  • graylens

    50+ years ago we went to the Israeli embassy for Channukah parties, there was no security other than a guest list. How the world has changed. Thanks to arab terrorists.

  • abbushuki

    How would you like to be the named target for Iran and a billion Muslims? BTW: Ever seen or reported the retinue for Obama every time he golfs?

  • Kish Mirtuches

    so what? better a trip to the men’s room with many guards than reading something else in the newspaper the next day. there is no story here. just a reporter without a beat.

  • PM Netanyahu’s unprecedented security detail at a Men’s bathroom is a testament of unjustified hatred toward Israel.

  • watsa46

    BB has good taste!

  • Efram Paul

    He has to be. He is the most hated man in the world, especially by our jihadist-in-chief. He DOES want to stay alive.

  • LtcHoward

    @ Shiryn Ghermezian According to most observers,this is a stupid non-storey.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Did the security detail include a mashgiach?

    Histapkut bamuat is not on Bibi’s menu.

    • ReformSchool

      Were he a bit more discerning, he and his entourage might have felt more relaxed and welcome at Pita off the Corner, better than most shwarma houses back home.

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