Monday, 16 January 2017

Israeli Official Who Plotted to 'take down' British MPs Resigns

The Israeli embassy official who was caught on camera plotting to “take down” British MPs has resigned from government service.

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the embassy in London, resigned several days ago when he was sent back to Israel. The UK Foreign Office and the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs both said that they regarded the matter as closed.

But the shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has called on the Commons foreign affairs committee to conduct an inquiry into the matter, saying it amounted to “improper interference in our democratic politics” by a foreign state.

Masot was filmed by an undercover reporter from Al Jazeera television’s investigations unit as he talked about taking down MPs he considered hostile to Israel, including Sir Alan Duncan, the foreign office minister.

A UK civil servant who took part in the conversation, Maria Strizzolo, has also resigned from her post at the Skills Funding Agency.

The Israelis and the intelligence services probably already control a huge number of MPs - like they do with politicians in the USA.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, January 16th, 2017.]

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