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UK minister Priti Patel forced to resign over secret meetings with Israeli officials
Posted on: 09-11-2017 , 03:25:PM | DY365 Bureau

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November 9, 2017: The UK’s international development secretary, Priti Patel, has resigned after it was revealed she held secret meetings with Israeli officials during what she said were a family holiday to Israel.

She returned to the UK on Wednesday, abandoning a trip to Uganda, after it was uncovered she went on a visit to Israel with a lobbyist in August, during which she held 12 undisclosed meetings, including one with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Priti Patel had admitted that after the 13-day visit, she had wanted to give British aid money to the Israeli army in the Golan Heights.
It also emerged that Patel met 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.
In her resignation letter, Patel apologized for failing to inform UK Prime Minister Theresa May or Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about the meetings.
"My actions fell below the standard of transparency and openness I had promoted and advocated," she said.
However, earlier this week, The Jewish Chronicle reported that two different sources confirmed to the newspaper that Patel had disclosed the meetings but was told not to declare them as they would embarrass the Foreign Office.
 
 

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