Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

United Kingdom minister apologizes for unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials

United Kingdom minister apologizes for unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials

In the latest crisis for Britain's beleaguered government, the worldwide development secretary Priti Patel cut short a trip to Africa, flying back to London after Prime Minister Theresa May ordered her to return.

The International Development Secretary is now on a plane back to the United Kingdom from Africa with the widespread expectation that she faces the sack over unauthorised meetings with the Israeli Prime Minister and other senior Israeli figures.

She said they had also been attended by Stuart Polak, the honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel and an influential pro-Israel lobbyist.

The Jewish Chronicle article also states that the Prime Minister spoke with Ms Patel ahead of the UN General Assembly last month where they spoke of the meeting with Mr Netanyahu, and discussed details to give United Kingdom aid to humanitarian projects run by the Israel.

Speaker John Bercow said he would "welcome" Ms Patel indicating that she wishes to make a statement to the Commons on November 13 about the controversy, although he told MPs: "That, I think, has to be for her to judge". The secretary of state would like to take this opportunity to clarify that this was not the case.

Priti Patel is flying home from a trip to Africa.

Patel also said: "This summer I travelled to Israel, on a family holiday paid for by myself". And I'm told that the information was then conveyed to Number 10.

Neither meeting was set up or reported in a way which accorded with proper procedures, sources said. She adds: "I am sorry for this and I apologise for it".

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On Monday, Patel had apologised for failing to disclose meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday.

Patel met with Netanyahu to discuss "the Israeli domestic political scene", she said, and to plan his United Kingdom visit, which took place last week.

They also discussed the Israeli domestic political scene, India, Netanyahu's then-forthcoming visit to London to mark the centenary last week of the Balfour declaration, and "prospects for closer collaboration between Israel and the United Kingdom on development and humanitarian issues".

But while acting quickly to force Patel to resign, the loss of an enthusiastic Brexit campaigner from her cabinet team of top ministers could mean that May faces greater pressure from lawmakers to pursue a clean break from the EU. The idea was rejected - Britain doesn't recognize Israel's occupation of Golan.

In her reply to Ms Patel, Mrs May said: "As you know, the United Kingdom and Israel are close allies, and it is right that we should work closely together". Running for election mere months ago, British Prime Minister Theresa May's slogan was "strong and stable government".

The imminent sacking of cabinet minister Priti Patel took another turn this morning when a journalist revealed Theresa May's office did know about her meetings in Israel.

"The Prime Minister welcomes the Secretary of State's clarification about her trip to Israel and has accepted her apology for her handling of the matter", the spokesman said.

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