Priti Patel sought cash for Golan Heights hospital treating Syrian jihadists

Priti Patel sought cash for Golan Heights hospital treating Syrian jihadists

Priti Patel sought cash for Golan Heights hospital treating Syrian jihadists

"While my actions were meant with the best of intentions, my actions also fell below the standards of transparency and openness that I have promoted and advocated".

A Downing Street spokesperson said: 'It is not true that the Prime Minister knew about the International Development Secretary's meeting with PM Netanyahu before Friday November 3.

The news comes just days after the Tory MP admitted to holding 12 meetings with Israeli political figures - including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - while on a "family holiday" in the country in August.

It was not clear who would replace Patel, who held the meetings during a holiday in Israel earlier this year.

In a further development, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported that during her stay in the country she visited an Israeli military field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights.

A statement issued by Patel and the Department for International Development said: "This quote may have given the impression that the secretary of state had informed the foreign secretary about the visit in advance".

Patel returned to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, abandoning a foreign trip to Uganda, after it was uncovered she went on a visit to Israel with a lobbyist in August, during which she held 12 secret meetings, including one with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Did Priti Patel meet United Kingdom consular officials while in Israel?

"But that must be done formally, and through official channels".

Asked if the Prime Minister had not known, for more than two months, that her minister had met Mr Netanyahu, a foreign head of state, the spokesman replies: "That is correct".

Ms May reportedly responded in another letter to say she believed that Ms Patel has made the "right" decision.

However, The Independent is told she still faces dismissal because she did not disclose to the Prime Minister the Commons meeting with Gilad Erdan, the security minister.

According to the Press Association, Downing Street was told about the NY breakfast with Rotem when Patel revealed the details of her trip to Israel, but only learnt on Tuesday about the meeting in Parliament with Erdan.

She was accompanied at all the meetings bar one in Israel by the honorary president of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobbying group, Lord Polak.

The statement said that Patel and Netanyahu had held an "introductory meeting" in which they had discussed Patel's family background as the daughter of Ugandan Indian migrants growing up in an area of the United Kingdom with a "thriving Jewish community".

Number 10 confirmed that Ms Patel had discussed the possibility of United Kingdom aid being used to support medical assistance for refugees from the Syrian civil war arriving in the Golan Heights.

Ms Patel is given a face-to-face reprimand by the Prime Minister and reminded about her "responsibilities under the ministerial code". "The foreign secretary did become aware of the visit, but not in advance of it".

According to the Jewish Chronicle, Downing Street knew about Ms Patel's meeting with Mr Netanyahu in August.

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