The Israeli Government has issued a full apology after a secret recording was made of Shai Masot, an Israeli working at the embassy in London. Masot said that it was Israel’s intention to “bring down” Alan Duncan, a Foreign Office Minister.
The Israeli Embassy in London issued a statement saying:
“The Embassy of Israel rejects the remarks concerning Minister Duncan, which are completely unacceptable; the comments were made by a junior embassy employee who is not an Israeli diplomat, and who will be ending his term of employment with the embassy shortly”.
Masot also referred to Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, as “an idiot” , but the comments were rejected by Mark Regev, the Israeli Ambassador in London who had served as the Israeli Prime Minister’s official spokesman from 2007 until 2015.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that Regev had made a personal apology and added that “the UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed”.