Israel is expected to withdraw its candidacy for a place on the UN Security Council since the Foreign Ministry pointed out Israel’s victory against Germany, Belgium, after failing to launch a campaign for the seat, is now highly unlikely.
By Shlomo Cesana
Israel is expected to withdraw its bid for a seat on the c Security Council that it had hoped to secure for the first time this June, with chances of winning considered slim.
Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the UN Security Council.
To win the seat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s foreign minister, and Israel’s entire diplomatic establishment, would have to launch an aggressive campaign and meet with foreign dignitaries. Continue Reading »
Ambassador to Finland slams Israel’s deputy FM’s decision to send confiscated Palestinian terrorist-dolls, which were meant to indoctrinate Arab children, to all Israeli embassies around the world for ‘demonstrative’ purposes.
By Itamar Eichner
Israeli Ambassador to Finland Dan Ashbel on Saturday criticized Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s decision to distribute examples of dolls used to incite against Israel to all Israeli embassies, the idea being to demonstrate Palestinian demonization of Israel.
The doll at the center of the controversy – Photo: Haifa Customs Authority
Ashbel compared the initiative to distributing marijuana at every police station in order to permit them to demonstrate the dangers. Continue Reading »
Israel is planning to open its first openly established representative office in the United Arab Emirates, a mission to Int’l Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi.
Israel plans to open a diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, the first openly established representative office in the United Arab Emirates, Israeli diplomats said on Friday.
Ministry Director-General Gold with frmr Saudi General Anwar Ashki – Photo: CFR
The office will not be a full mission, but will consist of a diplomat assigned to the renewable energy agency. Nevertheless, it will be the first time an Israeli foreign ministry official is permanently stationed in the Gulf state. Continue Reading »
After request by US & UN to send field hospitals to Africa, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announces it will send Israeli medical crews and 3 mobile emergency clinics to area.
By Itamar Eichner
After Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon rejected a special request by the US and UN to send IDF field hospitals to Ebola hit Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday its intention to send three mobile emergency clinics to areas in West Africa where there is a risk of infection with the virus.
IDF field hospital – Photo courtesy: IDF Spokesperson’s Uniy
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said: “The clinics, which were manufactured in Israel, were built in accordance with standards and guidelines of the World Health Organization for the treatment of Ebola. Continue Reading »
Israeli officer will take key position in organizing UN peacekeeping troops throughout the world.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry: ‘This is our small contribution to peace & security in the world’.
By Itamar Eichner
From peace in Israel, to peace worldwide, the IDF will take on new responsibilities soon when an Israeli officer will become the nation’s first contribution to the United Nation’s Peacekeeping forces.
IDF soldier walking past UN armored personnel carrier – Photo: AP
The officer, a major by rank, will be stationed at UN offices in New York where he will help in efforts to organize equipment and peacekeeping troops located in conflict zones across the globe. Continue Reading »
Einat Schlein of the foreign ministry was promoted to post of Ambassador to Jordan along with 11 other appointments made by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By Attila Somfalvi
Israel announced its first female ambassador to an Arab country Sunday among a list of 12 new appointments to positions that all required government approval.
Einat Schlein, an employee at the Foreign Ministry for the last 22 years, was named on the list as Israel’s new ambassador to neighboring Jordan, with whom the US and possibly Israel are closely working against the threat of ISIS militants from Iraq and Syria.
Schlein currently serves as head of a division within the Center for Political Research, an intelligence and analysis based branch of the foreign ministry. Continue Reading »
Jordan’s former FM Abu Jaber lashes out at Israel in ‘the Zionist big lie about Palestine – a land without a people,’ a newspaper article quoting Hitler.
Israel summoned Jordan’s ambassador Thursday to protest an “anti-Israeli” article by a former Jordanian foreign minister, in which he based his argument on a Hitler quote, the foreign ministry said.
Kamel Abu Jaber, former Jordanian minister of foreign affairs – Photo: YouTube screenshot
Spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel’s embassy in Amman also sent the Foreign Ministry there an official protest over an article published on Monday by Kamel Abu Jaber in The Jordan Times. Continue Reading »
The Finance Ministry’s director of wages dept. said he would take harsh actions against all Foreign Ministry workers who locked gov’t ministry buildings or advanced pay to strikers.
The Finance Ministry is threatening to file disciplinary charges against striking Foreign Ministry employees and diplomats worldwide.
Foreign ministry, closed on strike, March 24, 2014. – Photo: Olivier Fitoussi
In a letter sent to the Foreign Ministry union Monday, Kobi Amsalem, director of the treasury’s wages department, threatened disciplinary action against any worker involved in locking the gates of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem or embassies and consulates overseas or paying salary advances to the striking diplomats. Continue Reading »
The Foreign Ministry rejects Shaked Committee’s proposal to allow Chabad emissaries as ‘hareidi service’ alternative.
By Maayana Miskin
The Shaked Committee (aka Equal Burden of Service Committee) has decided that 100 volunteers with the Chabad Lubavitch movement will be considered “civilian service” volunteers – and their service will count toward hareidi enlistment targets.
Chabad tanks celebrate Lag BaOmer – Israel News Photo: Chabad
The groundbreaking decision faces strong opposition from the Foreign Ministry, which declared Tuesday that the proposed arrangement would not be legal.
The Shaked Committee agreed that a select number of Chabad volunteers would be seen as working on behalf of the state of Israel, and their activities would be funded through the Sherut Ezrahi program for non-military national service. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticizes the United States’ 80% rise in visa rejections as part of growing trend that is ‘politically’ motivated.
US State Department figures from 2013 reveal a sharp 80% rise over the course of the year in Israeli visa requests that were rejected, continuing a trend of Israeli visa rejections over several years.
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The figures, which were published Monday morning in Yediot Aharonot, show that last year about 125,000 Israelis requested tourist visas to the US, with 9.7% of them being refused. The previous year in 2012, that figure was at 5.4%. Continue Reading »
The Foreign Ministry announced that Israel would send a search & rescue team with experience in searching damaged buildings, as well as medical staff and a field hospital.
The IDF will send a humanitarian mission to assist victims of the Typhoon in the Philippines, army sources said.
Soldier preparing supplies for the Philippines – Photo Courtesy IDF
The mission, headed by Col. Ramtin Sabati, who commands the National Rescue Unit, will contain medical staff and a field hospital, and will head out to the storm-stricken areas on Wednesday. The decision came following an evaluation meeting held by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Continue Reading »
Sanctions of the Foreign Ministry strike include a refusal to issue diplomatic passports to ministers, cessation of cable communications between Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem & delegations around the world and a halt to arrangements for ministerial visits abroad.
Defense Ministry Director General Udi Shani sent an urgent letter Wednesday to Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he requested that he intercede to end the strike within the Foreign Ministry as soon as possible, in order to save Israel from possible harm to its security and diplomatic ties.
Foreign Ministry union members. – Photo: Emil Salman
A senior Israeli official, who read the letter, stated that Shani wrote to Netanyahu that the diplomats’ strike, as well as the decision of the Foreign Ministry union to halt all cooperation with the Israeli Defense Forces has severely hindered the process of changing military and defense ministry attaches in at least ten countries around the world. Continue Reading »