US roses, if they come, will go to Jerusalem hospitals, office says.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday denied a report that a gift of 10,000 roses from the United States to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be rebuffed, due to concerns that US President Barack Obama would be offended.
Last week, there were reports that Florida-based radio host and author Janet Porter was so incensed by what she thought was Obama’s inappropriate behavior toward Netanyahu duringthe prime minister’s visit to Washington last month, that she called upon her listeners to give Netanyahu yellow roses to symbolize friendship, with each bouquet costing a symbolic price of $19.48.
The response was overwhelming, and Porter contracted with Beit Shemesh-based florist Richard Kovler to deliver the huge amount of flowers after Pessah. But when Kovler contacted the PMO, he reported being put off by officials there.
In response to media inquiries, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a response, saying it “has not received any formal notification concerning the delivery of flowers from well-wishers for the prime minister and if such a shipment of flowers is indeed sent the PMO would be pleased to receive them, of course in accordance with required security procedures.
“In such a situation, the Prime Minister’s Office would donate the flowers to hospitals in Jerusalem.”