If you can’t make it here….then you can still make it in Israel, apparently.
There they are, on nearly every street corner in the city, and popping up even on your local outer-borough intersections. It isn’t new to anyone who’s spent more than an hour in New York that the NYPD has eyes on just about everything. From condominium driveways to subway stations, you can see versions of these little eagle eyes just about anywhere. What also isn’t new is America’s unorthodox counter-terrorist efforts, which include an apparently necessary NYPD presence in foreign nations. As Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in 2010, “The NYPD has a great brand overseas. There’s high expectations that come with these postings and we want to meet it, so that means a very careful selection process on our end” – which has lead to branches in London, Lyons, Hamburg, and Toronto. So what makes this news isn’t just that this base is set up in Israel, as Israel already has one – at the US embassy in Tel Aviv (Which is basically Israel’s own little New York).
So, why did NYPD need another base in Kfar Saba (which is more like Israel’s little Ohama, Nebraska)? While I’m sure it has nothing to do with any geographical reason, maybe you should ask Charlie Ben-Naim, veteran NYPD detective of Israeli origin and husband of a native New Yorker. He’s the chosen lone wolf for the job in the branch, which already has an NYPD sign on the entrance of the district headquarters, like an outstretched helping hand with only the middle finger extended. But if you don’t want to ask the dude himself, seeing as he’s probably got a lot on his hands in a city of 84,000, maybe you should ask your own friendly neighborhood police department, who justifies this stunt with the fact that “the Israeli police is one of the major police forces with which it must maintain close work relations and daily contact.”
So far, Ben-Naim has already made his seat in Kfar Saba nice and warm with an office on the first floor of their police headquarters, with a sign that reads “New York Police Department, the best police department in the world.” for a second middle finger salute, this one aimed at anyone who thinks the NYPD’s policies and jurisdiction ends with New York (and god only knows Ray Kelly doesn’t believe in that shit for one second, although others still might).
Or, as Bloomberg puts it as creepily and totalitarian as one possibly could, “The New York City Police Department has lots of capabilities you don’t know about and you won’t know about them.”
Remind yourself of that when you go to sleep tonight, to paraphrase the mayor.Tweet