Israeli President Shimon Peres arrived in Canada on an Air Canada flight and with an apology from his country’s national carrier after it attempted to charge him for taking medical equipment on board.
The 88-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate flew Air Canada because El Al wanted to charge him $5,000 to bring an oxygen tank on the flight to Canada.
It is mandatory for a president or prime minister of Israel to fly with an oxygen tank and other medical equipment.
El Al confirmed that it sent Peres an apology on Sunday.
The visit by Peres, whose role is largely ceremonial, comes two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a trip to Canada in which the latter warned about the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.
There has been a growing sense in recent months that Israel is on the verge of attacking Iran as it continues…
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