Report: Israeli envoy to Cairo refuses to leave famous restaurant
Israeli Foreign Ministry officials are angry after receiving a report from the Israeli ambassador to Cairo, Itzhak Levanon, about an attempt to throw him out of a popular restaurant in Maadi late Saturday. According to the Kuwaiti al-Jaridah newspaper , the manager of a famous restaurant in Cairo was surprised to see four "European" people sitting around a table in his restaurant surrounded by some six guards, sparking the attention of all the restaurant visitors.
When he asked one of the guards regarding the identities of the guests, he was told it was the Israeli ambassador to Cairo. The manager then asked the ambassador to leave immediately to avoid "embarrassment." Levanon was accompanied by his wife, and another couple.
The Israeli envoy refused to leave. He also called the police for help. Following the arrival of the police, they told the the manager of the restaurant to reverse his decision in order "to avoid problems."
This incident comes a few days after Levanon demanded from the Egyptian government to protect the Jewish community in Egypt. He made these comments after the Chair of the Jewish community in Cairo, Carmen Weinstein was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of fraud.