Shame Patelís gone

WHAT a shame that Priti Patel was forced to resign her cabinet position because of the talks she held with Israeli officials, including Benjamin Netanyahu.

Really, she was left with very little option because she breached the ministerial code. What she did was, at the very worst, naive.

Yes, she is a friend of Israel, but she has always been even-handed with other parties to the Middle East peace process.

I hope we will see her back in front bench politics before too long because she has a lot to offer.

And all she was doing by meeting top Israelis was furthering the cause of peace and at the same time keeping a channel of communications open with Israel on other fronts.

Of course, she should have sought consent and had an adviser present to record the proceedings and the Prime Ministerís anger was understandable, but letís hope she is given another chance in the future.

Stephen Andrews,

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