U.K. Politician’s Secret Meetings With Israeli Officials: Any Questions Who She Really Answers To…..And It’s NOT the Voters!
|UK Politician In Hot Water Over Secret Meetings With Israeli Officials
Posted: 08 Nov 2017 07:48 AM PST
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Meanwhile in the UK, Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development is expected to be sacked imminently, over secret meetings with Israeli officials during a ‘family holiday’ in Israel.
While on holiday, she took the opportunity to meet a number of people and organisations, including a range of politicians, businesses, tech start ups, and humanitarian NGOs. These meetings were an opportunity to learn about the Israeli approach to technology and development.
The FCO (commonly called the Foreign Office) were aware of the visit while it was underway, but were not informed about it in advance.
The Independent remarked that her ‘family holiday’ must have been very busy since:
Why is this so controversial?
The Israeli news organisation Haaretz reports today that when Priti Patel was in Israel, she visited an Israeli military field hospital in the Golan Heights. This was not included in the information she disclosed about her trip on Monday.
Haaretz says in its story:
It emerged last night Theresa May only learned Ms Patel may have discussed giving money to the Israeli army with officials when it was reported in the media yesterday morning.
Patel heads a department which has a long history of humanitarian and development funding for Palestinians. Indeed she has taken a close interest in that funding, going so far as to announce a review last year which has already resulted in notable cuts of some £17 million.
The Secretary of State for International Development faced accusations she risked making Britain look like it favoured Tel Aviv over Palestine in the fragile Middle East talks.
How did the storey get out?
Reports say it may have been this tweet that let the cat out of the bag. Yair Lapid is the leader of Yesh Atid. During this meeting she said she discussed British politics in general, including the growing anti-Semitism within UK politics.
Reports differ with some saying that UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May knew about these meeting and others saying they took place without May being aware.
This morning Ms Patel boarded a plane to return to the UK, cutting short a trip to Uganda.
Flighttradar24 reports that more than 22,000 users are currently tracking flight
Even the BBC are streaming her flight path back to London live.
The BBC reports that Patel has apologised over the undisclosed Israeli meetings:
See Patel’s apology statement here.
Regardless of the apology, there have been calls for her to lose her job over this matter. Shadow Foreign Office Minister Jon Trickett last night wrote to Mrs May suggesting Ms Patel could be guilty of “at least four serious breaches of the Ministerial Code” and called for her to quit.
The Labour Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Kate Osamor, called for Patel to be fired.
Many have reacted with disgust.
Icke remarks on Twitter that she merely went to meet her real bosses.
Let us know what you think about this in the comments. How do you feel about what happened?
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