Israel Pays Bill for Rahm Emanuel’s Treife Meal in Eilat


emanuelWhite 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, not an official one, with his parents, wife, 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 nonkosher 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. 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.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/Yair Israel}


  1. If he is there on a private visit, where in the world does he take the chutzpah to not pay for his meal?Well…..what else is new? Is anyone surprised? Using your clout for whatever suits you…unbelievable!!!!! Have they no shame????? NO. NONE…WHATSOEVER….!

  2. i guess Mr emanuel is jewish if he is planing his sons bar mitzweh . maybe he is an am haaretz and doesn`t know the severety of averot since he doesn`t know the tachlit of the ben adam on this planet and is caught in the never ending chain of tuma . that would mean that what he did was beshogeg , but the israeli state and especially the rabbinut had to know that they are allowing non-kosher restaurants in eretz isroel and that means that they are making jewishe menshen to be over on averot bemesid.
    there is this haggadah in messeches baba mezia , perek sheni , elu metziut.????? ???? ???? ????? ???? ?????
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    then there are endless other passukim that show that we are hayavim
    to watch over our yiddishe brethren and warn them of doing averot.
    i guess he didn`t do the pollitics that the israeli state wanted him to do therefore they published this lashon hara that serves nobody.

  3. Bar Mitzva party? Efshar, Bar Aveira party, with the cocky State of Israel meekly and abjectly submitting to the whims of one of the worst Jews walking the planet today?

  4. I dont care if Israel paid for the meal. What bothers me is that they ate Treif when there are so many fine Kosher restaurants in Israel.

  5. The headline is inciteful. Stick to the story. You are editorializing the story and introducing irrelevant information.
    Yes Rahm who I completely dislike his politics, is a tinok shenishbu. If you can get on his case about Traif food then how about we hold you and all of the people who work for Matzeivah and see how well you will do. He’s an ones.

  6. Eilat is in chutz L’Aretz. Eilat is no more in Eretz Yisroel than Memphis, Tennessee.

    So what he went to Eilat.

  7. This is true Aschalta Degeulah! We should all go to a parade for Israel!
    What a country! They pay a Jew, who hates Israel and undermines her to eat treife!