Benjamin Netanyahu was seen heading to the bathroom at New York’s Sherry-Netherland Hotel with an escort of 20 bodyguards.
The Israeli prime minister was having dinner with his wife at the Hotel’s Harry Cipriani restaurant when nature called.
As Bibi got up to go to the toilet, half of his 40-strong crew of security agents followed him.
It lead some to wonder if he had declared the New York toilet as a new occupied territory!
According to a bystander, a few went into the bathroom with him, while “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.”
The agents are part of the elite Shin Bet arm of the Israeli Security Agency.
Bibi declares New York toilet as occupied territory: https://t.co/zY6no7ugxl
— abdullah mohammad (@AnnBlind) September 23, 2016
It wasn’t just the toilets that had a wall of men surrounding it. The hotel itself was surrounded by a ring of security personnel and the restaurant was barricaded, giving New York diners a taste of Israel’s infamous security checkpoints.
“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,” a witness said. “Guests were patted down and had to go through metal detectors.”
Israel pm @netanyahu takes his security guard in toilets too @ London 😂😂
— Mohammed Altaf Ali (@altaf2620) September 25, 2016
The Israeli prime minister is in New York for the annual UN General Assembly Debate. He will also meet with presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in two separate meetings on Sunday.
The meetings will be closed to the press and their locations have not been released. Netanyahu will meet with Trump in the morning and Clinton in the afternoon.
The Times of Israel reports the Trump campaign reached out to Netanyahu first, and that his office then made contact with Clinton, in order to appear neutral.