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Israeli diplomats: Netanyahu created a crisis in the Foreign Ministry

Tuesday 11/December/2018 - 09:36 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Rabea Yehia
Several Israeli ambassadors accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of failing to fund their offices and causing what they said was an unprecedented crisis، prompting a promise from the premier to reverse the steps he has taken in recent years.

During a closed part of meeting in annual gathering of Israeli envoys، at the Foreign Ministry in occupied Jerusalem، on Monday، the ambassadors railed against budget cuts in the Foreign Ministry and the reassigning of some of its responsibilities to other ministries، The Times of Israel reported.

The Foreign Ministry’s condition has never been this bad، "said Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands، Aviv Shir-On". "There is no budget for activities، there are no means. We are constantly busy with challenges but we can’t then find out that we aren’t remunerated".

According to the report، The Foreign Ministry workers union has been protesting budget cuts that have included salary reductions to envoys and the closure of diplomatic missions، and has been threatening to strike

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