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Priti Patel likely to be sacked over secret Israel meetings, reports say

Priti Patel likely to be sacked over secret Israel meetings, reports say

The Jewish Chronicle article also states that the Prime Minister spoke with Ms Patel ahead of the UN General Assembly last month where they spoke of the meeting with Mr Netanyahu, and discussed details to give United Kingdom aid to humanitarian projects run by the Israel.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel leaves the cabinet's weekly meeting in 10 Downing Street, London, Britain, October 10, 2017.

She also accused Ms Patel of having "misled" the public with her initial apology in which she said the Foreign Office had been aware of her trip "while it was under way", something she later clarified.

Priti Patel is flying home from a trip to Africa. Running for election mere months ago, British Prime Minister Theresa May's slogan was "strong and stable government".

Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, flies to Israel with her family for 13-day visit she later describes as a "holiday", paid for by herself.

Later, it is revealed she held two further meetings after her "holiday" - in September - with Israel's security minister and the chief diplomat, the former on the House of Commons terrace.

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In a clarification, on Monday she said that "this was not the case" and that he "did become aware of the visit, but not in advance of it". She adds: "I am sorry for this and I apologise for it".

The imminent sacking of cabinet minister Priti Patel took another turn this morning when a journalist revealed Theresa May's office did know about her meetings in Israel.

"I had two separate sources get in touch with me saying in a meeting that the Prime Minister held in September, Priti Patel discussed with Mrs May the idea of sharing aid with Israel and that she had met with Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss this". Government secretaries in Britain are sent on missions overseas; they do not freelance their own foreign policy while on vacation with their families.

Patel has faced criticism and calls for her to resign or be sacked over the meetings.

If so, what was the goal of this meeting or meetings, and when and where did they take place?

In a further development, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported that during her stay in the country she visited an Israeli military field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights.

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Britain, alongside the most of the worldwide community, considers the Golan occupied territory.

She was accompanied at all the meetings bar one in Israel by the honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobbying group, Lord Polak.

"The secretary of state realises in hindsight that these meetings were not arranged following the usual procedures and she has apologised for that".

Patel met May on Monday and apologized for the unauthorized talks in August.

Erdan added: "We are taking concrete action to advance UK-Israel development cooperation, & counter attempts to delegitimize Israel in worldwide institutions".

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