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In this image taken from video, made available Sunday Jan. 8, 2017, the meeting between senior political officer Shai Masot, right, and an aide to a British Conservative lawmaker, which is covertly filmed at a London restaurant by a journalist for Qatari-owned broadcaster Al-Jazeera.  Israel's embassy in Britain has apologised after their employee Masot was recorded saying he wanted to "take down" a UK government minister who has criticised Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank. Al-Jazeera logo at bottom left, and on screen caption placed by source. (AL JAZEERA INVESTIGATIVE UNIT via AP) MANDATORY CRETIT

An Israeli official asked a British politician to 'take down' people opposed to settlement


An Israeli embassy official was recorded plotting to "take down" British politicians who opposed Israel's settlements in the West Bank, Al Jazeera reports.

This comes on the heels of a United Nations resolution condemning Israel's settlements that has sparked international controversy. 

The Israeli official, Shai Masot, was recorded speaking to Maria Strizzolo, a chief of staff to British Parliament member Robert Halfon. 

Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you would take down?

What was heard

Masot's remarks were recorded by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter. The member of Parliament (MP) that was named was Sir Alan Duncan, the deputy foreign secretary. He supports Israel's right to exist but strongly opposes settlements.  Masot later said "a little scandal" could stop Duncan and also named MP Crispin Blunt.

The Israeli embassy in London tweeted an apology for Masot's comments.

In another recorded conversation, Masot called new British foreign secretary Boris Johnson "an idiot." 

British Prime Minister Theresa May publicly announced strong support for Israel after the U.S. denounced its settlements.

Critics did not mince words with Masot.

Header photo by Al Jazeera Investigative Unit via AP

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