“Taking Down” British Officials – Philip Giraldi

“Taking Down” British Officials – Philip Giraldi

Incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States.


by Philip Giraldi

A quite incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States. It concerns how the Israeli Embassy in London connived with government officials to “take down” parliamentarians and government ministers who were considered to be critical of the Jewish State. It was also learned that the Israeli Embassy was secretly subsidizing and advising private groups promoting Israeli interests, including associations of Members of Parliament (MPs).The story is interesting on several levels, particularly given the recent furor in the U.S. over allegations that Russia has been interfering in American politics.

By way of comparison, though no evidence has been provided to support the claim, Russia allegedly arranged for a hack into the Democratic National Committee server to obtain factual information potentially embarrassing to the Hillary Clinton campaign. The information was then made public and may have influenced how some Americans voted.

Compare that to what has been going on meanwhile in Britain, where an Israeli Embassy diplomat named Shai Masot, “an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and…serving as a senior political officer at the London Embassy,” was meeting with Maria Strizzolo, a senior British civil servant who was formerly chief of staff to Conservative parliamentarian and ardent Zionist Robert Halfon. Masot is certainly an intelligence officer under diplomatic cover.

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Masot and Strizzolo’s candid discussion, which was secretly recorded by al-Jazeera, related specifically to getting rid of Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan, regarded as a supporter of an independent Palestinian state.

Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan

To Masot’s additional query “Can I give you some MPs that I would suggest you would take down?” Strizzolo suggested “…if you look hard enough, I’m sure there is something that they’re trying to hide…a little scandal maybe.” Another alleged pro-Arab member of Parliament Crispin Blunt was also identified, with Strizzolo confirming that he was on a “hit list.”

It was also learned that Masot had been secretly subsidizing and advising two ostensibly independent groups, the parliamentary Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) and the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). Masot did, however, express concern that Israel’s control over incoming parliamentarians was not quite what it used to be: “For years, every MP that joined the parliament joined the LFI. They’re not doing that any more in the Labour Party. CFI, they’re doing it automatically. All the 14 new MPs who got elected in the last elections did it automatically.”

Shai Masot also was working with friendly young British Jews, providing them with jobs at his embassy and then seeding them into positions in advocacy organizations where they continued to be paid secretly by him while promoting positions that would protect Israel from any criticism. One such group is Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS). Recently there has been somewhat of a furor over Shakira Martin, a vice president in the group, who accepted an all-expenses paid trip to Israel organized by the Union of Jewish Students, a pro-Israel organization which is among those receiving funding and guidance from the Israeli embassy in London. The al-Jazeera tape has also revealed that Richard Brooks, another NUS vice president, had been plotting with pro-Israel activists to remove elected NUS president Malia Bouattia, a supporter of Palestinian rights and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

It does not require much in the way of imagination to realize that the Masot meetings probably occur every day right out in the open in Washington, including Israeli officials and Congressmen as well as heads of political advocacy organizations and lobbies. The list of prominent politicians “taken down” by Israel is lengthy, and includes Cynthia McKinney, Adlai Stevenson III, Paul Findley, Chuck Percy, William Fulbright, Roger Jepsen, and Pete McCloskey. And a similar situation prevails in the U.S. regarding human rights and politically liberal organizations that are ostensibly privately funded. As Jeff Blankfort has noted, they are frequently headed by American Jews who prove quite willing to criticize the United States but are generally reluctant to say anything bad about Israel. Whether they are actually directly or indirectly on the Israeli government payroll would be an interesting project for a good investigative journalist.

One might reasonably consider Israel’s interference in the democratic process in friendly countries like the U.K. and U.S. as much farther reaching and damaging than anything Moscow has done. Yet Russia is being excoriated by the U.S. and European media daily, investigated by Congress and sanctioned because of what are little more than unproven allegations.

Israel has clearly done some things to interfere with local politics that are arguably much worse and the silence is deafening. So one should not be surprised by the toothless British reaction to the suggestion that its government officials might be removed by the clandestine activity of a foreign country: “The Israeli ambassador has apologized…the UK has a strong relationship with Israel and we consider the matter closed.”

Britain under its new Prime Minister Theresa May has also been rolling over in response to Israel’s perceived interests almost as obsequiously as the U.S. Congress.

After Secretary of State John Kerry described Israel’s government as “extreme right wing” on December 28th, May sprang to Tel Aviv’s defense, saying “we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally. We are also clear that the settlements are far from the only problem in this conflict. In particular, the people of Israel deserve to live free from the threat of terrorism, with which they have had to cope for too long.”

Prime Minister Theresa May

May’s rejoinder could have been written by Netanyahu, and maybe it was. Two weeks later, her government cited “reservations” over a French government sponsored mid-January Middle East peace conference and would not sign a joint statement calling for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after Netanyahu vociferously condemned the proceedings.

How Benjamin Netanyah, received his “Speech Of A Lifetime” standing ovations from his obedient Marionettes in the US Congress.

It all recalls Pat Buchanan’s description of the U.S. Congress as an Israeli occupied zone, which raised holy hell at the time even though Buchanan did not go far enough judging by what has been happening in Britain. Indeed, lobbying on behalf of Israel is a global phenomenon with organizations like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) existing in various forms in a number of other countries. BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, is an AIPAC clone located in London. It is well funded and politically powerful, working through its various “Friends of Israel” proxies. Americans might be surprised to learn that in Britain Jewish organizations uniquely are allowed to patrol heavily Jewish London neighborhoods in police-like uniforms while driving police type vehicles and there have been reports of their threatening Muslims who enter the areas.

Indeed, wherever one goes – Western Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States – there is a well-organized and funded mechanism in place ready, willing and able to go to war to protect Israel. Most of the organizations involved take at least some direction from officials in Tel Aviv. Many of them even cooperate fully with the Israeli government, its parastatal organizations and faux-NGOs like the lawfare center Shurat HaDin. Their goal is to spread propaganda and influence the public in their respective countries of residence to either hew to the line coming out of Tel Aviv or to confuse the narrative and stifle debate when potential Israeli crimes are being discussed.

Israel’s diaspora allies are backed up by a formidable government organized machine that spews out disinformation and muddies the waters whenever critics surface. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has a corps of paid “volunteers” who monitor websites worldwide and take remedial action and there is a similar group working out of the Prime Minister’s office. That is why any negative story appearing in the U.S. or Britain about Israel is immediately inundated with pro-Israel comments, many of which make exactly the same coordinated points while exhibiting the same somewhat less than perfect English. On sites like Yahoo they are actually able to suppress unwelcome comments by flooding the site with “Dislike” responses. If a comment receives a large number of dislikes, it is automatically blocked or removed.

The sayanim, local Jews in their countries of residence, are essential to this process, having been alerted by emails from the Israeli Foreign Ministry about what to do and say. The reality is that Israel has lost the war of public opinion based on its own actions, which are becoming more and more repressive and even inhumane and so are difficult to explain. That means that the narrative has to be shifted by Israel’s friends through subterfuge and the corruption of the information and political processes in each country.

In some places the key media and political players who are engaged in the process can simply be bought. In other places like England they can be intimidated or pressured into taking positions that are neither in their own countries’ interests nor morally acceptable. In large countries like the United States, Britain and France a combination of friendly suasion and coercive elements often come together.

In some extreme cases the game Israel plays is brutal. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned New Zealand that backing a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements would be a “declaration of war.” In all cases, the objective is the same: to repress completely, discourage or misrepresent any criticism of Israel and to block any initiatives that might be taken that would do damage either to the Israeli economy or to the country’s perceived standing in the world.

In some countries including the U.S. and Britain, Israel’s advocates work their subversion of local institutions right out in the open and are highly successful in implementing policies that often remain largely hidden but that can be discerned as long as one knows what to look for.

Source: UNZ Review

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Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a former DIA and CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served eighteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was Chief of Base in Barcelona from 1989 to 1992 designated as the Agency’s senior officer for Olympic Games support. Since 1992 he consulted for a number of Fortune 500 corporate clients. Mr. Giraldi was awarded an MA and PhD from the University of London in European History and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Chicago. He speaks Spanish, Italian, German, and Turkish.


  1. I don’t imagine Israel is doing anything Mi6 isn’t doing that’s why we have these agencies to work away for our best interests. Yes they get caught out but just because it isn’t splashed across the media doesn’t mean our agencies aren’t aware of their activities. Our media often stings more than Mi6 & there was quite a commotion in the press over this character & he was put back in his box the matter was also brought up in parliament & again brought up at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQ’s) so I would say it got a good airing in the States as I hear they think it’s a good show over there 🙂 If Israel was a member of the “Five Eyes” & it was manoeuvring like this I would be annoyed that their PM didn’t just pick up the phone & air his thoughts directly with our PM but they aren’t & just as I don’t lose sleep over the activities of the Ruskies I don’t lose any over Israel. Just like the coverage of Brexit in the media & the readers comments, you can spot a foreign troll a mile off with their interpretation of “English” giving the game away & just for the record I support Israel in their fight to live in a free safe world free from terrorism & constant shelling, not for any other reason than the fact that if the Palestinian crowd stopped with their terrorist activities the walls wouldn’t be needed as the terrorism always originates from the same side of the fence. I wouldn’t have allowed former IRA operatives to enjoy the rest of their lives free from the threat of arrest either let alone allowed them to share power, I would happily sit back & let our security agencies deal with them as they see fit in an extra judicial manner so you can see where my mindset is.

  2. @ Joe Thorpe

    Yes, very clear where your mindset is: So we assume, back during WW2, you would have been with the German occupying troops, against the resistance fighters.

  3. Jews in Germany never even came close to the degree of control they now have in the United States, and are rapidly acquiring in other countries e.g., Canada, UK, Australia – wonder why the Anglo countries are so susceptible?

  4. I would like to thank Philip Giraldi for writing this article. It is very important that the world and the people of the US and other targeted countries understand how their policy toward Israel/Palestine is made. I hope, because of Giraldi’s writings, and the writings of others in this vein, that I am the last of a long line of Members of Congress who were kicked out because they refused to tow the AIPAC-delineated “party line” and, instead, put the interests of their constituents first and foremost.

    Cynthia McKinney

  5. Too few around like you, Cynthia. More strength to you.

    Yes, even out here in Australia, the penetration by the highly organised Jewish Lobby has politicians from both sides of the House dancing to the Israeli tune.

    As Debbie said above, there is more Jewish influence in the world today than there was at the onset of the Nazi reign. But these days better organised owning media, social media, banking to a large extent and having used this evil influence to penetrate the halls of power. The US today, a glaring example of corruption, because that is what it is. Insidious. The rise of the parasites, because that is what they are as well.

    Killing in the streets will occur, not in my lifetime perhaps but as the gap widens between rich and poor, evident now in all countries, so people will resort to violence as the only option. The target will be Jews, the most despised race in history throughout the centuries.

    But while there are people like Cynthia, people with values, so there will be a chance of the resurgence of decent values and independent thought, not wholesale corruption.

    Yes, one should never forget the likes of Philip Giraldi and the vehicles like My Catbird Seat, who have survived all the efforts to minimize their efforts. While such avenues exist there will be voices for truth. Well done all.

  6. Over 100 years of admissions to their nefarious agenda:

    “The Jewish people…will attain world dominion by the dissolution of other races, by the abolition of frontiers, the annihilation of monarchy…In this new world order the Children of Israel will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition.

    The Governments…forming the world republic will fall without difficulty into the hands of the Jews. It will then be possible for the Jewish rulers to abolish private property, and everywhere to make use of the resources of the state. Thus will the promise of the Talmud be fulfilled, in which is said that when the Messianic time is come the Jews will have all the property of the whole world in their hands.”

    1879 Baruch Levy, Letter to Karl Marx, reproduced in La Revue de Paris, p. 54, June 1, 1928


    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.”

    (You Gentiles, by Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).

  7. Is Jewish support for Israel any different from Catholics around the world demanded the return of the six papal states lost in the 1870 Franco-Prussian war? If the Catholics tried this; mainstream media would have a field day.

  8. If you all think this is sinister,read this:In the 1912 book, A Racial Program for the Twentieth Century, the Communist Israel Cohen wrote: “We must realize that our party’s most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by the whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise to prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.” Israel Cohen wrote that in 1912! Ask yourself! Did this program cease when the Soviet Union collapsed – or does it still continue today?
    Look at the ads or Hollywood flixes, Black males with white females.Not the other way around Sad!

  9. No articles infuriate me like Mr. Giraldi’s. His are on top. I am so far beyond ashamed at the submission and groveling the House and Executive Office exhibits in service to jewish wishes and demands. Subversion really does appear to be in the jewish DNA. How can Americans be so asleep? And for the British government to dismiss the matter over a mere apology, which coming from a jew, could not have been sincere. This blind obedience to the jewish lobby will end in catastrophe.

    To my friends here in MCS, as some consolation, enjoy watching Irish MP Richard Boyd Barrett give hell to an Israeli official in the 12 minute YouTube video. From a few instances I’ve seen, it seems only Irish government officials have the spine to stand up to these arrogant demons.

    Thank you Mr. Giraldi and Debbie for your concern and efforts.

    And hello to Cong. Cynthia McKinney! I’ve watched you many times (PressTV comes to mind), and appreciate your bravery and integrity.

  10. Note that Philip Giraldi mentions the hired pro-Israeli trolls, and lo and behold who leaps in with the first comment?
    That’s right, a pro-Israeli troll waffling on about MI6 and other nonsense which I doubt they find convincing themselves.
    Of course the only way to support Israel is through nonsense and outright lies.