The mat­ter of Priti Pa­tel

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES -

“Bipo­lar” is a very good word to de­scribe the May gov­ern­ment’s at­ti­tude and re­la­tion­ship with Is­rael (“Bipo­lar Bri­tain,” Ed­i­to­rial, Novem­ber 13).

Sadly, the Pa­tel episode is not the first ex­am­ple. An even bet­ter one – and far more sig­nif­i­cant – is the way the For­eign Of­fice blind­sided both May (and prob­a­bly For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son him­self) in lead­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions for the text of what be­came UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2334, which last De­cem­ber de­clared West Bank set­tle­ments il­le­gal.

One would think that May, po­lit­i­cally weak­ened though she might be, would by now be alert to the po­ten­tial tricks of For­eign Of­fice tra­di­tion­al­ists who think they still run the coun­try by right. Any­body sane should know that when it comes to de­liv­er­ing life­sav­ing med­i­cal aid to Syr­i­ans, it should not mat­ter what the UK gov­ern­ment’s at­ti­tude is re­gard­ing where the aid is be­ing de­liv­ered.

Those tra­di­tion­al­ists have again shown their true col­ors of not be­ing in the slight­est bit con­cerned about hu­man­i­tar­ian aid – only for en­sur­ing the per­pe­tu­ity of their erroneous world view.

PETER SIMP­SON

Jerusalem

Your ed­i­to­rial rightly high­lights the time­line of Priti Pa­tel’s visit to Is­rael three months ago.

Sadly, there is no dearth of UK jour­nal­ists who can be ma­nip­u­lated. Equally sad, not all toxic jour­nal­ists re­side in the UK.

ERNEST WINOCOUR Re­hovot

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