Chilling footage emerged on Sunday night featuring Shai Masot, a senior political officer in the Israeli Embassy and officer in the Israel defence force, who was filmed saying “can I give you some names of MP’s that I would suggest you take down?” The scene took place at a London restaurant and alongside him was Maria Strizzolo, who acts as an aide to the education minister and Robert Halfon, a former political director of the conservative friends of Israel. An alleged victim was reported to have been Sir Alan Duncan, who had close ties with the Palestine state, working as the foreign office minister. Previously Duncan has criticised Israel and was viewed as a wider problem than his boss Boris Johnson, remarked as “basically good” also “idiot without any kind of responsibilities”. As of recently, Duncan has declined to comment on the current circumstances of the situation.
Almost immediately, an apology was made by Mark Regev, the former Israeli ambassador, expressing his views towards Duncan regarding the situation, “the embassy considered the remarks completely unacceptable” and is currently in the process of passing Masot off as a junior staffer. During the conversation Masot revealed numerous details about his biography, which suggest he played an important role within the Embassy and was a well experienced politician. “About me: Interested in international relations and politics, working in the field for the last ten years and intend to continue developing in that section [in] the future. I am spontaneous, philosophical, open views and appreciate good people and aim to do good to the world. Philosophy: we all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. Books: Niccolo Machiavelli is my god”. In context Masot, seems like a down to earth and well evoked man, but behind the scenes a questionable persona seems to revoke people's mind on what his real intentions are, especially with the state of Israel.
In Conjunction with Duncan, Crispin Blunt, chair of the commons foreign affairs select committee was also mentioned by Masot. Blunt responded with, “Whilst this apparent activity of a diplomat of a foreign state in the politics of the United Kingdom is formally outrageous and deserving of investigation, the real questions should be for the state of Israel itself. Israel’s future peace and security is not being served by ignoring the substantial peace lobby in both Israel and the world wide Jewish community and working to undermine those foreign politicians who share that perceptive”.
In a historical context, there have been on-going conflicts between Israel and Palestine, over the occupation of Gaza, it is thought that Palestine has a more fair right to the land, but this issue remains controversial to this day. As previously mentioned, Shai Masot (Israeli), versed his hatred towards MP’s who were Palestine supporters, showing the effects of the conflict, even in the UK.
The Scottish National Party believes Shai should be immediately removed from the Israeli Embassy regarding his comment to “take down”, the senior government minister. SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond responded with, “It is completely unacceptable for the UK government to declare the matter closed- Shai Masot must go and go immediately before the end of his tenure at the Israeli Embassy”.
Condescendingly, critics have penalised there attention towards Boris Johnson and believe alongside the government, he is also not doing enough in his power to foresee this investigation. “Boris Johnson must right now revoke Mr Masot’s diplomatic status and remove him from the country as would most certainly have happened had the circumstances been reversed. Perhaps then the Israeli Government representatives will regard the foreign secretary as less of a fool”. It was later remarked, “I would expect the UK government to fully investigate this matter so that we can be confident our elected officials are free to carry out their jobs to the best of their ability and without fear of having their reputation smeared by Embassy Officials who do not agree with their views”.