Egyptian political analyst and former diplomat Dr. Mostafa El-Feki once said that former president Gamal Abdel Nasser often found solace at Anwar Sadat's residence after the 1967 setback, where he would have “a couple of drinks."
This revelation sparked an intense reaction and personal criticism of El-Feki, prompting him to apologise. He explained that he mistakenly thought the comment was made off the record and expressed deep regret: "It's my fault. I should have been more careful. I apologise for this and deeply regret it."
Additionally, El-Feki reached out to Abdel Nasser's daughter, Dr. Huda, to express his sincere remorse in person, emphasising his regret over “the dispute with someone with whom I share similar beliefs.”
Despite his apologies and remorse, the backlash continued. The Nasserist Arab Democratic Party, led by Dr. Muhammad Abu Al-Ela, rejected El-Feki's apology, demanding he publicly explain the circumstances of his remarks, questioning whether they were due to indisposition or age.
Abu Al-Ela highlighted that US intelligence during Abdel Nasser's time could not find any way of damaging his image, either in government or personally, challenging the basis of El-Feki's initial comments and subsequent apology.