Foreign Ministry: Meeting with leaders of hostile countries in this framework was not outside of the law.
By BRENDA GAZZAR
MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta'al) met with representatives of Yemen, Syria and Libya while in Doha this week to attend the 21st Arab summit, a statement from his office said Tuesday.
Among the representatives Tibi met was Abdulkarim el-Ariani, former Yemeni prime minister and an advisor to Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, the statement said.
Tibi's office declined to identify the other officials with whom he met, though it did note that "Yemen is considered a hostile country" to Israel.
While it is illegal for Israeli citizens to visit hostile countries such as Syria, Iraq and Yemen, "for elected personalities to meet counterparts even from hostile countries in the framework of multilateral events is not outside the bounds of law," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told The Jerusalem Post.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Israel Beiteinu) said he wishes Tibi "would visit the Israeli families in Sderot and all around Gaza and support them."
Tibi could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
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