Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu came to visit New York this past weekend and seems to have had a major craving for the Eastern European kosher fare from Midwood’s Pomegranate supermarket.
While staying in a Manhattan hotel, he ordered every single item from the 1507 Coney Island Avenue supermarket’s ”to go” menu, according to the Jewish Press. The list includes staples like gefilte fish, cholent and kugel.
The order was placed on Friday, right before the start of Shabbat. The senior chef at Pomegranate worked double-time to ensure the food was ready and delivered before the Sabbath. Bibi’s total tab was about $1,800.
As a side note, the store is owned by Abraham Banda, a Satmar Chassid. While various interpretations exist, Satmar politics normally dictate that the State of Israel is a violation of Jewish teachings. Whether or not this plays into Bibi’s dining choice may not matter, as everyone knows that a good cholent can bridge any opposing political ideologies.
Here’s to peace in the Middle East.