ERUSALEM — It may be known as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's last scandal. If it isn't settled soon, the brewing controversy also has the potential to become the first diplomatic dust-up between President Barack Obama and America's strongest Middle East ally.
At issue is an unpaid $320 bill for dinner with a White House advance team at a restaurant near Olmert's official residence.
"It's embarrassing for me to have to go to the White House," co-owner Shahar Levy told Israel's newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. "But for this amount of meat and alcohol, they need to pay me."
Perhaps they feel it is an honor to be stiffed by Bush's posse. Oy. Welcome to the club, Shahar.