Key meeting one Israel-light!

LAST UPDATED: 12 Feb, 2010 @ 20:38
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Key meeting one Israel-light!

SOMETIMES a night out in the city that never sleeps is just too temping to turn down – at any cost.

For an Israeli politician’s reputation is now in tatters after opting for a session on the tiles ahead of an official dinner engagement.

Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov has been labelled a “disgrace to Israel” after standing up 50 top Spanish leaders at a 65 euro per head evening meal.

“It’s a pity he didn’t have a chance to hear what they think about doing business with Israel. He might have learned something.”

Instead, Meseznikov was spotted letting his hair down in several of the capital’s bars and clubs with close aides.

“The business figures weren’t very happy, to say the least. We went to great lengths to bring those people and the minister just cancelled at the last minute,” explained chairman of the Spain-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Gil Gidron.

“It’s a pity he didn’t have a chance to hear what they think about doing business with Israel. He might have learned something.”

Meseznikov was also criticised for being late to an official event in a Toledo church.

It had been closed to visitors for two hours to accommodate the minister’s visit.

However, Meseznikov’s spokesman has responded by blaming mismanagement of the schedule on the embassy staff.

The spokesman added: “Anything that has been stated about the minister’s activities during his free time borders on slander and is not deserving of a response.”

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