Tunisian minister resigns over rumored visit to Israel

Amel Karboul, an executive coach and consultant, decided to walk out of the new government on the background of debates over her rumored visit to Israel in 2006.

Tunisian minister resigns over rumored visit to Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

The new Tunisian tourism minister on Wednesday submitted her resignation to interim Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki only hours after she was sworn in.

Amel Karboul, an executive coach and consultant, decided to walk out of the new government on the background of debates over her rumored visit to Israel in 2006.

According to the official Tunisian news agency, Karboul said she had submitted her resignation to the interim president because "she needed support from all Tunisians".

Karboul reiterated that she "had not visited Israel due to pressures piled over her "because she is an Arab and Muslim", the news agency said.

The agency, however, did not clarify whether the new caretaker prime minister Mehdi Jomaa had accepted Karboul's resignation.

The tourism minister came under fire on Tuesday from lawmakers on the background of her rumored visit to Israel in 2006.

"I learned about your visit to Israel and I just want to let you know that the Tunisian people do not recognize Israel," independent lawmaker Ibrahim Kassas told Karboul during her swearing-in at the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday. "So, please take your papers and leave," he added.

Two other lawmakers lashed out at Karboul for "visiting" the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

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