(February 15, 2022 / Israel Hayom) Israeli lawmakers and officials praised Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Monday after he gave Israeli Energy Minister Karine Elharrar a special welcome at a major regional gas conference in Cairo.
After entering the hall and greeting the attendees, the Egyptian leader put down his microphone and crossed the room to greet and exchange a few words with Elharrar, according to Channel 12 news.
Elharrar, who uses a wheelchair, is the first Israeli lawmaker to attend EGYPS, the Egyptian Petroleum Show, considered to be the leading regional conference of its type. The annual exhibition and conference is attended by thousands of politicians and businesspeople from the Middle East and North Africa.
Responding to a video of the event posted on Twitter by Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Sisi’s act had “touched us all”
President al-Sisi, you’ve touched us all. https://t.co/1kYBZgznEx
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) February 14, 2022
Addressing the participants, Elharrar said, “The Israeli energy economy is a bridge for establishing ties with the countries of the region. I am glad to have the opportunity to represent the State of Israel in this important and diverse forum, in the hope that it is another step toward increasing the circle of peace.”
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.
Jewish News Syndicate
With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.
Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.
If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.
We appreciate your support.