Monday, January 9, 2017

Israel apologises over plot to ‘take down’ UK MPs

Houses of the Parliament, UK

Israel’s embassy in London issued an apology to Britain’s foreign minister Sunday, after one of its political officers was secretly filmed by an Al Jazeera investigation team last year revealing plots to destroy the careers of senior British politicians.
The comments by a senior officer from the embassy, Shai Masot, suggested that the then chief of staff of the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party “take down” British lawmakers including Foreign Minister Alan Duncan, who has been critical of the Israeli state’s resettlement policies in the occupied West Bank.
In the footage revealed Friday, Masot was filmed in October 2016 dining with Maria Strizzolo – deputy Conservative chairman Robert Halfon’s chief of staff – in a London restaurant as part of a six-month long investigation by Qatar-based Al Jazeera.
Strizzolo is seen suggesting “a little scandal” might cause the dismissal of Duncan after Masot asked her if he could give her some names of MPs he would suggest she “take down”.
In the footage, Masot also described British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as an “idiot without any kind of responsibilities”.
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