“Sorry, not sorry” is more like it. The only regret is that he was caught saying it.
Israel’s ambassador to the UK has apologised after a senior member of his staff was secretly filmed saying he wanted to “take down” Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan.
It doesn’t matter whether “take down” infers political assassination or character assassination. Duncan is a democratically elected member of the British government, and it is not the place of other countries to remove him by force or by blackmail. If one country can do it, so can others.
Israeli Embassy senior political officer Shai Masot made the comment in footage filmed in a London restaurant and obtained by the Mail on Sunday.
He told a reporter that Sir Alan was creating “a lot of problems”.
Ambassador Mark Regev said this was not the embassy or government’s view.
I beg to differ. Anyone willing to say such things in public wouldn’t hesitate to say the same or worse behind closed doors. If Regev and other superiors didn’t know Masot held those opinions, they were incompetent in vetting him. And if they did know, then letting Masot continue in that position shows they agreed with him or approved of it.
Considering Regev’s history of walking perfectly in line with Netenyahu, he likely knew. Removing Masot is political expediency and public relations, not punishment.