Government denies censuring Priti Patel regarding secret Israeli meeting, Patel now facing sack

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According to the government, Priti Patel, the International development secretary, failed to inform the Prime Minister about the meetings she had in Israel, including plans to send funds to the Israeli army, to support “humanitarian operations” in the Golan Heights. Amid the recent Conservative diplomatic omnishambles, Patel was already facing demands she should quit the post after failing to come clean with Theresa May over 12 other meetings she has held with senior Israeli figures, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sources from the Department for International Development (DfID) confirmed on Tuesday night that Patel held further meetings in September with Israeli government officials without adhering to proper procedures. 

She was also rebuked by No 10 after giving the false impression in an interview with theGuardian that foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the Foreign Office knew about the meetings.  

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