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One minister said: "Yes, we did not know about the trip. We were unsighted on it."
Another source said the British consulate in Jerusalem was "blindsided" and felt "slightly bruised".
A third Foreign Office source said: "We didn't know and would have expected to know, given the meetings she had."
Ms Patel told the Guardian: "Boris [Johnson] knew about the visit. The point is that the Foreign Office did know about this, Boris knew about [the trip]. It is not on, it is not on at all. "I went out there, I paid for it. And there is nothing else to this. It is quite extraordinary. It is for the Foreign Office to go away and explain themselves."
Lord Polak told the BBC that he just happened to be on holiday at the same time as Ms Patel. "We met up for one or two things," he said. "It was the summer holidays. I just joined her for a couple of days, some drinks, some dinner, that kind of thing."
originally posted by: gortex
last week the BBC discovered that International development secretary Priti Patel had meetings in August with top Israeli politicians including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while she was on a private holiday , these were not official meetings as the foreign office had no knowledge of the visit but they were highly unusual.
Accompanying Ms Patel was honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel and Tory peer, Lord Polak , this unusual guest on Ms Patel's holiday is what sparked my interest as it's already known , thanks to investigative jounalists at Al-Jazeera , that Labour Friends of Israel is a group within the Labour party set up with help and finance from the Israeli government after they outed Israeli diplomat (agent) Shai Masot plotting against government ministers and MP's he thought were unfriendly to Israel.
I don't think it to far a stretch of the imagination to suspect Conservative Friends of Israel started life the same way.
We can only guess at what was discussed at the meetings between Ms Patel and Israeli politicians (Iran ?) as they were unofficial so no notes will have been taken and neither Ms Patel nor Lord Polak are saying.
Ms Patel went on to dig the hole even deeper for herself by claiming Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knew in advance of the visit , which he did not and neither did the Foreign office a point that she has now conceded (She Lied)
No laws were broken but it is a breach of the ministerial code , I find it interest that with all the talk of possible collusion between US and Russian officials this one seems to have snuck under the ATS radar.
originally posted by: slider1982
a reply to: gortex
Sorry what is that??.
Labour Friends of Israel is a group "within" the Labour party set up with help and "finance from the Israeli government"
Sounds dodgy as f#ck if you ask me..
labour friends of israel was set up to counter it
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: smurfy
While the Foreign Office was aware of the visit "while it was under way", she said she was wrong to have given the impression that the department and Mr Johnson knew about it in advance.
Maybe mate , or maybe both parties saving face .... Politics.
Priti Patel has apologised for holding a series of undisclosed meetings with senior Israeli officials during a private holiday over the summer.
PM plans new ministerial code after Priti Patel apology
Theresa May wants the ministerial code of conduct to be tightened - after it was revealed Priti Patel held secret meetings with Israeli officials. The international development secretary apologised for holding 12 meetings, including one with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, while on a private holiday. She was "reminded of her obligations" as a cabinet minister, Mrs May said. The BBC understands Ms Patel suggested some of Britain's aid budget go to the Israeli army, after the visit. She asked her officials to see if Britain could support humanitarian operations conducted by the Israeli army in the occupied Golan Heights area. The BBC understands the Foreign Office advised that since Britain did not officially recognise Israel's annexation of the area, it would be hard for the Department for International Development to work there.
Polak fled when the media tried to question him about his Israel visit arrangements for Patel.
One of Patel's meetings was at an army hospital in the Israel occupied Syrian Golan heights where the Israeli military patches up al-Qaeda Jihadis which were wounded while fighting the Syrian government. Only last week the Israeli army in the occupied Golan supported a murderous attack of al-Qaeda Jihadis on the Syrian Druze village of Hader in the Quneitra area. The Jihadis in the Golan are surrounded by Syrian government forces. Their only supply line is through Israel occupied land. Druze in Israel who protested against the attack were arrested.
Back in Britain Priti Patel asked her department to move British aid money from Palestinian causes to the Israeli military operation in the occupied Golan. (Funny how the Guardian in its wrap-up fails to mention that point ...)