CAIRO: An Israeli journalist entered Egypt under a false identity to produce a documentary about the 1973 Egyptian-Israeli War, the private Israeli Network has admitted.
“Journalist Yael Lavie went to Egypt under a false identity, discovered a fascinating story about the Egyptian point of view regarding the Yom Kippur War, and inspected how the Egyptians are still sure it is they who won the war,” the television network said, describing the documentary on its YouTube channel.
In the introduction of the documentary, broadcast Sept. 14, Lavie said she lied to Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy and met him claiming she was an American journalist working for Sky News network and E.B.S.
Lavie was preparing a documentary in Hebrew about the 6 of October war and its 40th anniversary, titled “Did we win? 40 years since the war.”
The Israeli journalist admitted that she deliberately lied about her identity when she interviewed Fahmy, because had she revealed her true Identity, she would not have been able to do her work properly.
She also added that she has been able to travel freely all over the Arab world for 20 years with her U.S. passport, in addition to covering the January 25 Revolution and June 30 protests in Egypt.
In her interview with Fahmy, Lavie asked him who he thinks won the war, he answered that without any doubt it was the Egyptian Army who won the war, and if it wasn’t for this war, there would have been no peace with Israel, this peace is represented in the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
The Israeli journalist also had some interviews with the two writers Youssef Al-Qaeed and Gamal Al-Ghitani. She also spoke to Camelia Sadat, daughter of the late president Anwar el-Sadat, and Effat Sadat, his brother.