August 03, 2011

Israeli Labourite offered Mubarak asylum

It was the least Israel could do for its man in Cairo and just typical that an offer of asylum under Israeli protection would come from a Labour member of Israel's parliament.  Here's the JTA:

As the trial of Hosni Mubarak began in Egypt, an Israeli lawmaker said he had offered political asylum in Israel to the longtime Egyptian president.
Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, a Knesset member from the Labor Party, told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday that he had made the offer to an ailing Mubarak several months ago in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea resort city in Egypt.
"I met [Mubarak] in Sharm el-Sheikh and I told him that it was a short distance and that it might be a good chance to heal himself," Ben-Eliezer said, according to Haaretz. "I am convinced that the Israel government would have accepted him, but he declined [the offer] because he was a patriot."
I'm sure many Arab patriots would be honoured to end out their days in Palestine but maybe the blessing for Mubarak's presence was a humiliation too far:
According to The Jerusalem Post, Ben-Eliezer said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a party to the offer.
Clearly comrade Hosni Mubarak is a man of the highest integrity.

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