Shai Masot 'resigns from Israeli foreign ministry'

Shai Masot 'resigns from Israeli foreign ministry'
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12 January, 2017
Shai Masot, the Israeli diplomat at the centre of an undercover video scandal, has reportedly resigned from Israel's foreign ministry.
Shai Masot, was filmed in October as part of an Al Jazeera investigation

A senior political officer at the Israeli Embassy in London caught on camera talking about "taking down" a British government minister has 'resigned from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.'

Shai Masot was filmed in October as part of an Al Jazeera investigation, revealing "attempts by the Israeli government's to influence British democracy".

He admitted that was working to damage the career of Sir Alan Duncan MP, who is outspoken in his support of the Palestinian state.

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Speaking with Maria Strizzolo, a political aide to the Conservative minister, Robert Halfon, Masot says Duncan is "doing a lot of problems" and references a list of MPs that he wants to take down.

The programme showcases the Israeli government's attempts to infiltrate the Conservative and Labour parties in order to manipulate their policies and agendas.

Two other politicians named during the conversation included Crispin Blunt MP, the pro-Palestinian chairperson of the foreign affairs select committee and Boris Johnson MP, the UK's foreign minister, whom Masot was seemingly uninterested in.

"You know [Boris] is an idiot, but so far he has become the Minister of Foreign Affairs without any kind of responsibilities," said Masot.