Israel apologizes over embassy worker's vow to 'take down' UK minister

By REUTERS
January 8, 2017 18:51

The Israeli ambassador in London has apologized after a member of his staff was caught on camera saying he wanted to "take down" British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan, a high-profile UK government supporter of a Palestinian state.

Shai Masot, a senior political officer at the embassy, was secretly filmed in October last year discussing British lawmakers by broadcaster Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit.

"The Embassy of Israel rejects the remarks concerning Minister Duncan, which are completely unacceptable; the comments were made by a junior embassy employee who is not an Israeli diplomat, and who will be ending his term of employment with the embassy shortly," a spokesman said in a statement.

Masot was talking to Maria Strizzolo, who was previously an aide to another minister, and an undercover reporter.


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