The matter of Priti Patel
“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.
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