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Egyptian Lawmaker Hit With Shoe for Hosting Israeli Ambassador

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Peace comes at a high price indeed in Cairo.

An Egyptian lawmaker took a calculated risk Sunday when he attended a parliamentary session after hosting Israeli Ambassador Haim Koren for a meal at his home last Wednesday evening.

Parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha faced a petition in the chamber signed by more than 100 of his colleagues, demanding an investigation into his actions, according to Reuters. The statement rejected normalization of ties with Israel as well.

Worse, he faced The Shoe.

Okasha, a somewhat daring television presenter who resides in the northeastern Dakahlia province, made the invitation to Koren live on his program. He told media before the opening of the parliamentary session on Sunday that he had done nothing wrong since Egypt enjoys full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Koren confirmed to Reuters that he and his staff had indeed spent three hours together with the lawmaker.

But one parliamentarian, Kamal Ahmed, was so angry he even hurled a shoe at Okasha during the session in the traditional Middle Eastern gesture of ultimate rage and contempt.

The parliament speaker ejected both Ahmed and Okasha from the session and then adjourned for 10 minutes, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA) and the official parliament website.

Koren told Reuters that Okasha showed great courage.

“He proposed the meeting, at which he raised ideas of us helping Egypt in the areas of water, agriculture and education, to try to set up a number of schools with Israeli training,” Koren said. “I offered to work on putting this together, and that we meet again. I will soon be inviting him over to our place. He showed great courage. He knew he would be attacked, and nonetheless he stood firm on his convictions.”

Although Egypt was the first Arab nation to recognize the State of Israel by signing a United States-sponsored peace treaty in 1979, it has been a frigid accord at best.

Any tourism that has emerged from the relationship has traveled in one direction only: from Israel, southward.

Egypt’s Ambassador returned to Tel Aviv last Wednesday for the first time since 2012. President Reuven Rivlin received the credentials of the new Egyptian envoy, Mr. Hazem Ahdy Khairat, at the presidential residence in Jerusalem. Khairat, accompanied by his wife and the Egyptian Consul General, submitted his credentials to the Israeli president during an official ceremony.

Hana Levi Julian

New Envoy to US, Ron Dermer, Has Big Demands for Perks

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Many Israeli officials are known to think a lot of themselves, but Ron Dermer, Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, takes the cake.

He has demanded to start working before an agreed date and has come up with unprecedented demands for housing and staff, according to the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot newspaper.

Dermer wants to assume his duties on the first of September even though outgoing Ambassador Michael Oren will remain in office until the end of next month.

Dermer also reportedly has demanded to bring his own personal staff from Israel although an ambassador does not have that privilege and has to work with the diplomatic staff that is in place. He also wants an alternative to the official ambassador’s residence, claiming that his family with five children needs bigger quarters.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Mother of New Ambassador Dermer: He’s a Red-Blooded American

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Ron Dermer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s choice to succeed American-born Michael Oren as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, moved to Israel 16 years ago but his mother Yaffa told the Miami Herald, “ I think he’ll do a wonderful job because he’s a red-blooded American.”

Yaffa Dermer, a resident of Florida but born and raised in Israel, quickly added that her son “loves” Israel.

Her son wears a kippa and is modern Orthodox.

He also is a good son, his mother says. “He told me he’s going to visit me a lot.”

 

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

Netanyahu Names American Immigrant Ron Dermer Ambassador to US

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday he is appointing American-born Ron Dermer as Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States, the second American in a row to represent Jerusalem in Washington.

Dermer, who will replace Michael Oren, has served as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s senior adviser for the past four years and served as the economic attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington from 2005 to 2008.

He was born in Florida, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.

Dermer immigrated to Israel in 1997. He once wrote in the now defunct New York Sun that he “left America because I wanted to help another nation I love defend the freedoms that Americans have long taken for granted.”

Dermer has a background of political activism in the Republican party, having worked with the GOP in the 1994 mid-term elections before going to Oxford. While studying there, he shuttled to Israel to work on behalf of Natan Sharansky and his Yisrael B’Aliyah party.

His appointment gives Prime Minister Netanyahu a close ear in Washington, where Dermer is familiar with back channels, noted JTA’s Ben Sales last year, when Dermer’s name was being floated for the ambassadorial post.

“Netanyahu likes him, respects him and listens to him,” Netanyahu’s former national security adviser Uzi Arad told the JTA. “I often asked for his advice. In many ways he was a guy to listen to. When it came to knowledge and being cultured and erudite and intellectually inclined, that’s him.”

“He understands how Americans view Israelis and how Israelis view Americans,” Mitchell Barak, an Israeli pollster who met Dermer as an adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told Sales. “He knows how to work [in Washington] and has personal relations.”

Dermer’s views are strongly nationalist and indicate that Netanyahu is finished with any more “good will” concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

Dermer castigated The New York Times in 2011 with an open letter that attacked its news coverage and its Op-Ed page.

Times columnists “consistently distort the positions of our government and ignore the steps it has taken to advance peace,” Dermer wrote in the letter, which was published in The Jerusalem Post. “It would seem as if the surest way to get an op-ed published in The New York Times these days, no matter how obscure the writer or the viewpoint, is to attack Israel.”

Dermer wrote in 2003 that Israel would be giving up its sovereignty if it were to agree to the Bush “Roadmap” plan.

“It is one thing for Israel to take into consideration what America says,” he wrote. “In fact, Israel’s national interest demands that it do so. But it is quite another to cede to a third party, no matter how friendly, the right to determine Israel’s future.”

Dermer co-authored with Sharansky “The Case for Democracy,” a book that reportedly was a major influence on President George W. Bush..

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returning Home

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

IDF Radio confirms that Israeli Embassy staff in Egypt are returning home due to security concerns.

It’s not known if Israel’s ambassador will be returning in the near future.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Former Israeli Envoy to UN Says Obama Should Be One-Term President

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at a women’s Zionist conference event Tuesday and told the audience that Barack Obama was a weak President that has forced Israel to “keep apologizing for itself all the time.”

“We shouldn’t have to be on the defensive,” said Gillerman, who also emphasized that the tumult sweeping the Middle East required a change in US leadership to a stronger president.

Jewish Press Staff

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returns Home Again

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, left Egypt on Thursday, reportedly in anticipation of the first anniversary of the January 25 Revolution that led to the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The Israeli government fears that the anniversary may be used by Egyptian demonstrators to incite violence against the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Demonstrators stormed the embassy in September 2011, causing no injuries but leaving Israeli diplomats unsettled and insecure.

Sources told the Egyptian Ahram Online that Amitai would probably return to Cairo in late January if the anniversary passes without incident.

Jewish Press Staff

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