Shimon Peres skipped the kosher main course at the Zionist Federation gala dinner to dine at a central London Japanese restaurant, the JC understands.
The former Israel president - who is believed to have been paid a six-figure sum to attend last week's fundraiser - left immediately after conducting an on-stage interview with an Israeli-Arab journalist in front of the 900 guests.
As Israel's president, Shimon Peres, joined Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican for an interfaith prayer service, few in Israel were under the illusion that they were watching Peres's final conciliatory act.
Upon landing in Rome, he told reporters with a smile "I can't talk politics," but the inference was clear.
Fundraisers, I am willing to bet, don’t get much more disarming than Irina Nevzlin Kogan. Alabaster of skin and sporting no jewellery except the most discreet of wedding bands, Kogan, 36, excuses herself before we even start to talk. She needs to call her babysitter back in Israel to make sure her two small children, aged five and three, are OK.