Pa­tel in peril

The Week Middle East - - News -

Priti Pa­tel was cling­ing to her job this week, fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions that she had undis­closed meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials while on hol­i­day in Is­rael. The In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary held 12 meet­ings dur­ing her 13-day hol­i­day in Au­gust, with­out of­fi­cially no­ti­fy­ing Down­ing Street or the Foreign Of­fice. One of the meet­ings was with the Is­raeli PM Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu. She apol­o­gised this week, and was expected to hold onto her job, but her po­si­tion started to look less ten­able when it emerged that she had held other meet­ings with Is­raeli of­fi­cials in Septem­ber, and that she had vis­ited the Golan Heights – oc­cu­pied Syr­ian ter­ri­tory which, ac­cord­ing to pro­to­col, Bri­tish of­fi­cials do not visit.

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