British Minister Priti Patel Steps Down after her Secret Israeli Meetings Exposed

British Minister Priti Patel steps down after her secret Israeli meetings exposed Photo: Wikimedia Commons
British Minister Priti Patel steps down after her secret Israeli meetings exposed Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Priti Patel, the international development secretary of the United Kingdom has stepped down after her secret meeting with the top Israeli officials was revealed.

She demanded after the revelation of the controversial meetings with the Israeli officials that her Israel tour was a family vacation.

In her statement, Ms. Patel said: “This summer I traveled to Israel, on a family holiday paid for myself.

“While away I had the opportunity to meet a number of people and organizations. I am publishing a list of who I met.‎ The Foreign and Commonwealth Office was aware of my visit while it was underway‎.

“In hindsight, I can see how my enthusiasm to engage in this way could be misread, and how meetings were set up and reported in a way which did not accord with the usual procedures. I am sorry for this and I apologize for it.

“My first and only aim as the Secretary of State for International Development is to put the interests of British taxpayers and the world’s poor at the front of our development work.”

Priti Patel, however, abandoned her Uganda tour and got back to the UK after her Israel tour’s secret truth revealed she went on a visit to Israel with a lobbyist.

The sources confirmed she had 12 undisclosed meetings with the top Israeli officials including one with the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Patel also met, as it has been revealed, Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan in the British Parliament on September 7, and foreign ministry official Yuval Rotem in New York on September 18.

Patel later admitted her intention was to give British Aid money to the Israeli soldiers in Golan Heights.

Priti Patel apologized, in her resignation later, for failing to inform Prime Minister Theresa May or the UK foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

“My actions fell below the standard of transparency and openness I had promoted and advocated,” Patel said in her resignation letter.

Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader in a statement after Patel’s resignation, “This was an appalling error of judgment and is nothing short of a major failure by the British government.”

“Number 10 must answer questions about their complicity in this scandal. Someone has been deceived, either the British people or the Prime Minister’s office. Whichever it is someone must be held to account,” he added.


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