Egyptian state television has come under fire for a show in which an Israeli military analyst was interviewed, with some critics saying the newly appointed information minister should be sacked for the incident.
Eyal Alima, a correspondent for Israel Radio’s Arabic service, was interviewed by phone, along with Egyptian and Palestinian analysts, on a Tuesday night program to discuss an attack by gunmen who killed 16 Egyptian border soldiers two days earlier.
Minister for Information Salah Abdel-Maqsud quickly demanded an inquiry and issued instructions to the state broadcasting authority not to host any more Israelis, reported local media.
However, his action did not go far enough to please critics. The liberal National Gathering for Change, a non-governmental group, has called for the Islamist information minister to be dismissed and stripped of his membership at the independent Press Syndicate.
The group accused state television of pursuing “media normalization with the Zionist entity” − a term used in Egypt by those who reject the legitimacy of Israel.