Patel met with Netanyahu to discuss "the Israeli domestic political scene", she said, and to plan his United Kingdom visit, which took place last week.
Britain's global development secretary apologized Monday for holding meetings with top Israeli officials, among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without informing the Foreign Office beforehand. The BBC says that following the trip, Patel suggested that some of Britain's aid budget go to the Israeli army. "It is hard to escape the conclusion that had she been a more expendable minister - Mark Garnier, for instance - or if the prime minister was in a position of strength, Patel would have faced a Cabinet Office inquiry at best, and her P45 at worst".
Kate Osamor, the shadow global development secretary, said: "Not only does it look like she might have breached the ministerial code, she has now been caught misleading the British public".
The recent behaviour of Priti Patel has left lobby journlaists wondering exactly what cabinet ministers need to do to get sacked these days. The Secretary of State would like to take the opportunity to correct this impression: "she is clear that other meetings also took place on her visit, in addition to those which had been publicly reported at the time of her making these statements", Patel confessed.
However MPs were told Patel was already in the air flying to Africa for a ministerial visit.
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Hariri also railed against Iran and Hezbollah in his speech, accusing Iran of destabilizing the region. The sudden resignation could throw Lebanon's government back into crisis.
That sparked fury in the Foreign Office, as Britain has long opposed Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights where its Syrian refugee camps are, and her move was blocked.
The Secretary of State said she had seen for herself the work of Jewish charities in Israel, and said she was "struck by the achievements of the state of Israel. But it may have been - and that's what I take it as - that these were not planned as meetings and they came later on". The Foreign Office, it said, was "clear that United Kingdom interests were not damaged or affected by the meetings on this visit".
Patel insisted that she had gone to Israel on a "family holiday" but her trip, which was organised by Lord Polak honorary president of Conservative Friends of Israel, was described by critics as an attempt to win favour with wealthy pro-Israeli Conservative donors who could fund a potential future leadership campaign.