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Egypt MP Okasha slams critics condemning his meeting with Israeli ambassador

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Egypt MP Okasha slams critics condemning his meeting with Israeli ambassador

Controversial TV host and MP Tawfik Okasha attacked his critics on his TV channel Sunday night after he was assaulted in parliament by a shoe-wielding fellow MP for hosting the Israeli ambassador at his home.

Okasha said that he was presenting a complaint against MP Mostafa Bakry when MP Kamel Ahmed assaulted him with his shoe, telling him "not to dare and speak about president Gamal Abdel-Nasser."

On Saturday, Okasha unleashed a verbal attack on his TV channel against the late president, describing him as a "loser who destroyed Egypt."

However, Ahmed previously said that he attacked Okasha for hosting the Israeli ambassador at his home in Daqahliya, a move that sparked widespread condemnation in parliament.

Okasha also said that a video leaked online showing the assault was filmed from where members of the In Love of Egypt electoral coalition were seated.

"The whole thing was pre-planned," he said.

Okasha previously claimed that In Love of Egypt was founded by the Egyptian security authorities to control parliament.

He also said that he had visited Israel and attended debates at the country's foreign ministry headquarters in 2010 when he was an MP, yet did not face backlash in Egypt.

Egypt's parliament decided early Monday to ban Okasha from attending ten sessions for insulting to the House speaker, the House of Representatives and its members on TV. 

Last week, Okasha slammed speaker Ali Abdel-Al for not letting him speak during the session, saying that Abdel-Al assuming the post of speaker was a "mistake."

The independent MP is awaiting investigation for hosting the Israeli ambassador.

Israel's ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren revealed in an interview on Israeli Ch.10 on Sunday that he would meet Okasha again at the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

He also revealed that he spoke with the controversial MP on the phone after the incident in parliament.  

Koren added that he would not be deterred by the incident from strengthening bilateral relations between the Egypt and Israel.

Koren was appointed as the ambassador of Israel to Cairo in September 2014.


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