Michelin urged to end Israel omission
The leader of an organis-ation representing Jews across the world has asked the Michelin travel guide to evaluate Israeli restaurants with its famous rating system, implying that the decision to omit the country may be political.
In a letter to the Michelin Guide, World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder said it was a "concerning omission" that Michelin did not have a guide to Israel.
"Israel today is a venerable amalgam of cultures and traditions, which come together to produce a distinctive and exceptional culinary scene," wrote Lauder.
"Why, therefore, has your company refused to produce a guide to Israel's restaurants?
"Though I am sure that it is not your intention, some have speculated that reasons other than merit colour Michelin's decision not to visit Israel," Lauder, a billionaire businessman and philanthropist, added.
Israel, particularly Tel Aviv, has a vibrant food scene, melding flavours from Jewish immigrants around the world with local Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.