Massive strike paralyzes all Israeli embassies

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israeli Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry officials staged a surprise strike Thursday in protest at the Finance Ministry’s policy towards diplomatic staff.

The mass-circulation Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported that the strike, organized by the unions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Defense Ministry, affected all Israeli embassies, with the suspension of consular services outside and inside the country, as well as the closure of border crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the headquarters of the Israeli army in the Kiriya area in central Tel Aviv.

The surprise strike is due to the failure of the Ministry of Finance to honor its pledges not to cancel financial allowances for government employees working abroad and to violate the agreement with diplomats on hospitality costs.

According to the newspaper, the employees agreed to temporarily suspend their strike after a short-term solution to the dispute, but the problem is still far from a settlement, as it is scheduled to meet the Union of Employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs later today to discuss new steps to activate the strike, which is Not the first of its kind in recent months.


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