Japan's Prime Minister Highly Offended By Israel After Being Served Food In A Shoe
On 10th May 2018
After being invited for dinner over by Israel's Prime Minister, things took an awkward turn for the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife when the visiting couple were served food in a metallic shoe. Israel has been called out by not only the media but also the public internationally for highly disrespectful and rude gesture and is criticised for treating the guests in such a way.
#1 Israeli PM Invited Japanese PM And His Wife Over His House For A Dinner
After a number of meetings with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 2, the Japanese Prime Minister was invited for dinner by Netanyahu and his wife Sarah Netanyahu. However, the Japanese delegate never knew that they would be insulted in a rather disrespectful manner by their host.
#2 The Visiting Couple Were Served Food By Top Celebrity Chef Segev
It was the second time, the Japanese Prime Minister was visiting Israel with his wife. The visiting couple were served a top-notch meal by celebrity Israeli chef Segev Moshe. The dinner at Netanyahu's place took an awkward turn when Shinzo Abe was presented dessert in what appeared to be a lace-up leather shoe.
#3 The Dessert Was Arranged Artistically In A Metallic Shoe
The dessert included a selection of delectable chocolate pralines – artistically arranged inside a shiny leather shoe. The news came after Netanyahu complained about the lack of news coverage of Abe’s visit by Israeli media. The whole incident has garnered criticism from local media as outdoor shoes inside the homes are considered highly disrespectful in Japanese culture. Israel’s popular daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot wrote Monday that “Japanese diplomats, Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and high-ranking Israeli diplomats who previously served in Japan were shocked by the idea”.
#4 Japanese Officials Are Highly Offended By The Insensitive Gesture
Reportedly Japanese diplomats and officials have given their disapproves over the incident and according to them putting a shoe on a table is considered disrespectful in any culture around the world. What was the chef thinking before he put it in front of the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife? According to them, they are highly offended on behalf of their Prime Minister.
An anonymous senior Israeli high ranking official wrote "This was an insensitive decision. There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture. Not only do they not wear shoes at home, you also won’t find shoes in their offices. This is disrespect of the first order."
#5 The Japanese Delegate 'Enjoyed The Meal'
On the other hand, an Israeli diplomat at Japanese embassy commented that the dinner was a private affair and word is the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife 'enjoyed the dinner.' Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it was not involved in approving the dishes for the meal.