Boris Johnson refuses to act | Israel diplomat plots to take down MPs

  • By Zac Cohen

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson rejects calls to discipline Israel’s diplomat over take down plot

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Fiormer Mayor of London, one time PM hopeful and now Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has rejected calls to take disciplinary action against the Israeli embassy in London after one of it’s officials was caught on camera in an undercover sting plotting to take down all UK MPs which Israel deemed ‘hostile’ including Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition and Alan Duncan, Foreign Office Minister and outspoken MP against the illegal Israeli occupation and human rights breaches in Palestine.

Speaking to the House of Commons today, Boris Johnson said diplomat Shai Masot was no longer working in London and that the Israeli embassy had issued a very full apology, Johnson added that he now considers the matter closed.


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Conservative MPs including Hugo Swire have challenged Johnson to explain why the British ambassador to Israel had been formerly summoned when the UK backed the now infamous land mark ruling on December 25th 2016, declaring Israeli occupation of Palestine as illegal. Yet no comparable action had been taken when an Israeli embassy employee “is caught on film conspiring with a civil servant to take down senior ministers in his own department, the chairman of the foreign affairs select committee and other members of this house”.

Alex Salmond, former Scottish First Minister has also weighed in on the argument calling for Johnson to take strong action, making it clear that if this incident had been the other way around no friendly concessions would have been made.

This is not the first time Johnson has come under fire for showing bias in favour of Israel in 2015 Johnson had to cut short a diplomatic visit to Palestine after allegedly making pro-Israel comments.


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