One of the greatest friends of Israel is former Canadian Minister of Justice, Human Rights Activist and Member of Canada’s Parliament Irwin Cotler. In concert with UN Watch he unfortunately sponsored the visit to Israel of Maikel Nabil, a prominent Egyptian dissident and leader of the original uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
At a press conference Nabil criticised Israel’s support for deposed President Mubarak and said while he prevented the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood Mubarak also sponsored anti Israel propaganda which is today enjoying free reign.
But Nabil used the freedom of expression afforded to him by Israel, to denounce Israel’s “occupation of Palestinian land”and supported the creation of a Palestinian State. He even complained about too many guns in Israel. Did he ever think whywe have to have guns?
He also accused Israel’s Embassies of submitting to blackmail by Egypt and to refuse the issue of visas for Israel, unless sanctioned by Egyptian Security Services.
Surely such dissemination of anti Israel views to the international press corps was not envisaged by Irvin Cotler when he supported Nabil’s visit to Israel.
Also in the programme a report from my outstanding gastronomic experience in Jerusalem’s Lara restaurant, whose chef Lior Chafsadi is the choice for all the Prime Minister’s official lunches and dinners for visiting Statesmen.
Irwin Cotler. Credit: Yoni Kempinski, INN
Lara Restaurant in Jerusalem, Credit: http://lara.rest-e.co.il