Abe offended by Israeli chef's serving of dessert in shoe

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu host a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu put his foot in his mouth by serving visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dessert in a shoe.

Bibi and his wife, Sara, hosted Abe and his wife, Akie, for dinner May 2 at their Jerusalem home, where celebrity chef Segev Moshe cooked up a gourmet spread capped with the offending dessert.

An expert in Japan-Middle East relations suggested the shoe dessert may have constituted Israel's undercover insult to show disappointment in Japan's policy in the Middle East, which traditionally has supported Palestinian rights and United Nations resolutions to end the Israeli Occupation. Even the prime minister, ministers and members of parliament do not wear shoes to work ...

Segev, who is also head chef for the Israeli airline El Al, uploaded an Instagram of himself with the Netanyahus and their guests, along with the four shoe-shaped desserts at the table.

"There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture".

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Japanese officers had been reportedly horrified after studying Abe was served the dessert by Israeli superstar chef Segev Moshe contained in the shoe, designed by artist Tom Dixon. The dessert itself was a delicious selection of chocolate pralines, served in two pairs of men's black brogues.

Japanese diplomats, officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry and senior Israeli diplomats who served in Japan were "shocked" by the idea, reported Hebrew publication Yediot Aharonot. "He's very artistic", the ministry mentioned in a press release. Representatives of the diplomatic corps compared the incident at a reception in Jerusalem in an attempt to submit to the believing Jew the chocolate in a bowl in the shape of a pig.

While the Israeli ministry rushed to clarify saying- "We have the utmost respect for the Japanese prime minister", PM Netanyahu was quoted as saying- "I want to tell you something, Japan's prime minister visited here". Never, ever, serve anything to the Japanese in a shoe! If this is meant to be humor, we do not find it amusing.

The creative chef often cooks for Mr Netanyahu during state visits, a year ago serving dessert on a plate cut to resemble silhouettes of him and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump.

Some of Segev's Instagram's followers weren't supportive of the chef's recent art.

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