Mr Johnson has been less critical of Israel than Sir Alan, dismissing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement as “snaggle-toothed lefty academics” in 2015, causing Palestinian charities to cancel a string of planned meetings as the then London Mayor toured Israel and the West Bank.
“Shai Masot is someone I know purely socially and as a friend.
He is not someone with whom I have ever worked or had any political dealings beyond chatting about politics, as millions of people do, in a social context.” She continues to work part time as an aide to education minister Mr Halfon, the former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel.
The footage is part of a six-month investigation by Al Jazeera that the Qatar-based broadcaster claims reveals a “brazen, covert influence campaign in Britain” orchestrated by the Israeli government.
It comes little over a week after Theresa May put herself at odds with Barack Obama’s administration by expressing strong support for Israel in the ongoing dispute over the construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev, has spoken with Sir Alan to apologise for the “completely unacceptable” comments.
The embassy sought to play down the incident as the footage was broadcast on Saturday night, describing Mr Masot as a “junior embassy employee”, who is not a diplomat.
Shai Masot’s remarks to Maria Strizzolo, Conservative MP Robert Halfon’s former chief of staff, were caught on camera by Al Jazeera’s investigations unit.
The Israeli embassy official said Mr Johnson had become Foreign Secretary “without any kind of responsibilities” at a meeting at an upmarket restaurant in Kensington in October.
“Wherever the phone was, so was the enemy,” a senior IDF official said.
He continued to say that there is “a potential of serious harm to national security, but the damage that was actually done was minor,” he said, adding that “anyone who was infected, is not infected anymore.” Despite the Hamas Honeypots’ efforts, the damage to IDF was minimal, meaning the plot is foiled and the phones reformatted for extra security.
His business card describes him as “a senior political officer”, while his Linked In page lists him as having worked for the embassy since November 2014.