Now he’s “Boo Boo!” Netanyahu!
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin aka “Bibi” Netanyahu received a chorus of boos from the most American of audiences: New Yorkers who paid exorbitant sums to see the ever sold out smash hit “Hamilton,” a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton.
According to The Daily Mail, before the lights went down, two women even shouted “Free Palestine!” before security ejected them from the hip-hop-inspired song and dance number, the work of creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays the title role.
Although reportedly beloved by some, Booboo Netanyahu found a not-so friendly reception at the performance on Saturday night in Manhattan. Booboo was surrounded by New Yorkers whom he had inconvenienced while they were trying to enjoy something expensive and hard to obtain. He has earned the undying scorn of some people just for that.
Indeed, one Tweeter said that the Transportation Security Administration itself was handling the crush. Theater-goers had to go through “airport-style body scanners,” one source told Page Six, the gossip column in The New York Post, a paper Hamilton founded.
“The show started late because of his arrival — the heightened security slowed down seating,” the audience member told Page Six. “But he still entered and sat down before the lights went down, so everyone was focused on him. There was a lot of applause when he walked in, but definitely a few loud boos.”
Page Six got an even bigger and better scoop earlier in Netanyahu’s NY stay. Someone spotted the Likud leader dining with his wife at Sherry-Netherland Hotel’s Harry Cipriani. When a phalanx of Shin Bet heavies arranged their bodies into human security barriers when Booboo had to run to the bathroom they had their headline. “Benjamin Netanyahu needs 20 special agents to go to the bathroom.”
“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,” according to a witness.
And again with the airport-style security screening! In order to enter the restaurant and pay money to be relaxed, New Yorkers were forced to turn out their pockets without warning. This can be an uncomfortable for some New Yorkers, who’d rather not reveal the contents of their pockets to federal officials at a moment’s notice. And then there are some guys nearby speaking Hebrew and looking fiercely attentive but also disinterested as Dizengoff cafe patrons in whatever it is you are.
The next day, Sunday, Booboo met with Democratic and Republican presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Trump proclaimed the meeting a fantastic success, and they talked about how much they liked walls.
“Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders,” the campaign said in a statement.