Israeli ambassador was advised to stay home on eve of Cairo embassy attack

12.09.2011                      13.Elul, 5771

Diplomatie:

Israeli ambassador was advised to stay home on eve of Cairo embassy attack

Senior Egyptian source says despite warning, Israeli government insisted on sending the ambassador back to Cairo as soon as possible.

On the eve of the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt asked Israel to keep its ambassador at home on "a long vacation," according to a report Sunday on the website of the Egyptian daily, Al-Ahram. The report quotes a senior Egyptian source as saying that the request came in order to avoid a situation of further tension and escalation, amid fears that the Egyptian mob may seek to attack the embassy.
The senior Egyptian source said, however, that the Israeli government insisted on sending the ambassador back to Cairo as soon as possible. "Afterwards, we were forced to turn to the Americans in order to rescue the ambassador from Cairo," the source commented….