National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror's irritated response to questions by Israeli ambassadors about E1 – that they should either represent Israel's position, resign or go into politics – was representative of a government attitude that does not put a premium on explaining policy to those who must represent it, Foreign Ministry officials said Monday.
The officials were responding to a Yedioth Ahronot story Monday that Amidror snapped a day earlier at ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor when he asked about the timing of the decision to announce planning for development of the E1 section between Jerusalem and Ma'ale Adumim. That announcement came a day after the Palestinians won their statehood upgrade in November at the UN General Assembly, and brought in its wake an avalanche of international criticism.
Amidror was addressing the annual conference of Israel's ambassadors and heads of delegations abroad currently taking place in Jerusalem.
According to ministry officials, Prosor – who served previously as the Foreign Ministry's director-general under Silvan Shalom and whose political worldview is not considered left of center – asked Amidror in a diplomatic fashion about the E1 decision, in order to understand what stood behind it.