Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign secretary has called for an inquiry into the Israeli “take down” plot revealed by Al Jazeera.
Earlier today it was revealed that a senior political officer, Shai Masot, was discussing ways of discrediting Sir Alan Duncan, and described Boris Johnson as an “idiot.”
Thornberry said, “The exposure of an Israeli embassy official discussing how to bring down or discredit a government minister and other MPs because of their views on the Middle East is extremely disturbing.”
The Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev, has apologised on behalf of Masot and the Foreign Office has said the matter is closed.
However, this has been described as not good enough by Thornbury, she said, “It is simply not good enough for the Foreign Office to say the matter is closed. This is a national security issue.” She has also called for Masot to be withdrawn as well as the inquiry.
A former minister in David Cameron’s government wrote anonymously, “British foreign policy is in hock to Israeli influence at the heart of our politics, and those in authority have ignored what is going on.
“For years the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) and Labour Friends of Israel(LFI) have worked with – even for – the Israeli embassy to promote Israeli policy and thwart UK government policy and the actions of ministers who try to defend Palestinian rights.
“Lots of countries try to force their views on others, but what is scandalous in the UK is that instead of resisting it, successive governments have submitted to it, take donors’ money, and allowed Israeli influence-peddling to shape policy and even determine the fate of ministers.”
The official was secretly filmed while dining in a London restaurant wtih Maria Strizzolo, a former aid to a conservative minister. The latter has been said to have resigned from her post.