Mubarak Was Offered Asylum in Israel But Refused


mubarak1Hosni Mubarak, currently facing a raft of charges, including murder, in a Cairo courtroom, was apparently offered asylum in Israel.

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told the Israeli Army Radio network that he and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu said the deposed Egyptian leader could stay in Eilat.

“I met Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh [Egypt] and I told him that it was a short distance [to Eilat] and that it might be a good chance to heal himself,” Ben-Eliezer said.

“I am convinced that the Israel government would have accepted him, but he declined the offer because he was a patriot.”

According to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, Ben-Eliezer was believed to have very close ties to Mubarak. The two met dozens of times, with Ben-Eliezer often accompanying Israeli leaders on trips to Egypt.

Mubarak had played a key role in mediating disputes between the Israelis and Palestinians and was seen as one of the few allies Israel had in the Arab world.

However, when the Arab revolts broke out earlier this year, particularly in Egypt, Netanyahu apparently forbade his ministers from making public comments on the crisis, out of concern that any regime change in Cairo would damage the Camp David Peace Treaty that had been in effect for over thirty years.

{IBTimes/ Newscenter}


  1. It is a nice story. I have seen over decades the danger that Israel has been although Im not a zionist(chas v sholom) we most remember to have hakoras ha tov to people that tried to keep a delicate pace. The world forgets quickly and get into de acusations and spirit of the moment. We must remember Anwar Sadat and King Hussein that change the world at times of difficulty. How quikly we forget

  2. Rabbi Avrohom Goldstein – what do you mean “Im not a zionist(chas v sholom) “?
    You didn’t say Hamachazir Shechinoso L’tziyon this morning by shachris?

  3. Dear comment #2

    I heard that before 😉
    but its like saying that Im a Catholic (again chas v sholom) just because a priest and I agreed that today is thurdsday.