Ban Ki-Moon Tries Shakshouka for Independence Day

April 23, 2015  

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the spirit of Independence Day on Wednesday night, eating Shakshouka for the first time with Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor. 

The tasty Israeli dish, traditionally eaten for breakfast, combines poached eggs and tomato sauce. 

Invited to try the dish by Prosor, in honor of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, the two stepped outside of the UN building in Manhattan to a shakshouka food truck called ShukaNYC. 

The food truck, started by a group of three Israeli friends originally from Raanana, was parked outside and adorned with Israeli flags for the festive occasion. 

“It’s very tasty,” Ban said in Hebrew after taking his first bite. 

“I wish the people of Israel and the government of Israel peace and security,” Ban continued with congratulations to the Jewish state. “The most important thing is that Israelis and Palestinians live side by side in peace, security, and prosperity.” 

“We at the United Nations work together with both the Israelis and the Palestinians to ensure this will happen in the future.”

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