The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

DUR­ING a Down­ing Street party for jour­nal­ists last sum­mer, David Cameron’s chief of staff en­tered and told him, “Ne­tanyahu’s on the phone”. Exit Prime Min­is­ter.

“Ah, the old Is­raeli PM ruse,” the BBC’s Nick Robin­son know­ingly told his col­leagues, as he re­called in his ac­count of last year’s gen­eral elec­tion, Elec­tion Note­book.

Ap­par­ently, when Gor­don Brown was PM, if he wanted to leave a meet­ing, an of­fi­cial would come in and de­clare there was a call wait­ing from the Is­raeli premier.

But Robin­son — now a pre­sen­ter on Ra­dio 4’s To­day — said that, af­ter he’d left the party, he re­ceived an email about Cameron’s call with Ne­tanyahu. Ei­ther the exit code had changed, he re­flected, or “the bluff has be­come even

more elab­o­rate”.

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