Gaddafi on state TV 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Libyan TV)
delegation from Libya sent by leader Muammar Gaddafi recently visited
Israel and met with opposition leader Tzipi Livni and other officials, Channel 2 reported on
to the report, Gaddafi's motive in sending the officials was to attempt
changing Israeli perceptions of the embattled Libyan leader, and to try
and prevent Israel from supporting Libyan rebels, who have been
fighting government forces for months.
According to the report, the delegation of four senior Libyan officials received visas
from the Israeli embassy in Paris after gaining approval from Israeli security services. Once in Israel, the delegation immediately asked to
meet with Livni.
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Upon receiving the invitation for a meeting, Livni immediately turned to security officials, who gave their approval for the opposition leader to meet with the Gaddafi delegation.
As part of that effort, the Libyans reportedly gave Livni "digital media," which she handed over to security officials.
In the four-day visit, the senior Libyan officials reportedly met with
other Israeli officials in addition to the opposition leader.
Earlier this year, a leader of a Jewish group told The Jerusalem Post
that Libya secretly offered to give Israelis of Libyan descent an
undisclosed sum of money if they agreed to form a "Libyan political
Meir Kahlon, chairman of the World Organization of Libyan Jews, said
that between 2005 and 2007, he and two other members of his organization
had secretly traveled to Amman to meet with a representative of the
Libyan government over the unresolved issue of Jewish assets in the
North African country.
“He said that they could not give us money directly because we live in
Israel, but they were willing to give us money if we were to form a
Libyan political party,” said Kahlon, who lives in the Tel Aviv suburb
of Or Yehuda.
“He didn’t say how much, and I can’t tell you the name of the official, but the offer was on the table.”
Gil Shefler contributed to this report