Report: Netanyahu Escorted to Men’s Room at Upscale New York Restaurant by 20 Security Guards
by Shiryn Ghermezian
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.
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 Six. He also uses bomb-sniffing dogs and devices that disrupt mobile phone signals that are used to detonate remote bombs.