Tag Archive for Foreign Ministry

Israel postpones UNESCO Jerusalem delegation’s visit at last moment

FM officials: PA broke agreement by manipulating what was planed as a purely professional UN visit and ‘politicized’ it.



Israel on Monday called off a planned visit by a delegation from UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural organization, to inspect preservation work in Jerusalem’s Old City, saying that the Palestinians had “politicized” the delegation.

UNESCO - Photo  Charles Platiau Reuters

UNESCO – Photo: Charles Platiau/Reuters

“The delegation as a delegation has been postponed,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

“The Palestinians violated all the agreements we had with UNESCO: that this was to be a purely professional, not a political visit,” he said.  The official said the Palestinians asked to introduce a “slew” of political elements into the visit, with PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki characterizing it as a fact-finding commission to investigate Israeli steps in Jerusalem.

Continue Reading »

Lapid refused diplomatic passport by Foreign Ministry

Foreign Ministry workers refuse to issue the new Finance Minister a diplomatic passport, as part of a heated labor dispute.

By Itamar Eichner


Employees of the Foreign Ministry are turning up the heat in a recent labor dispute by refusing to provide passport services to government officials. They are protesting an administrative stock regulation and the use of temporary workers to fill positions, plus they are demanding benefits for employees stationed in far-flung countries.

Finance Minister, Yair Lapid - Photo Hezki Ezra

Finance Minister, Yair Lapid – Photo: Hezki Ezra

One of the responsibilities of employees at the ministry is to issue diplomatic passports to ministers and new Knesset members. Continue Reading »