Neither officials in the Foreign
Ministry nor the Prime Minister’s Office would reveal Sunday the identity of
the Persian Gulf country in which Israel opened a representation between 2010
Haaretz reported on Sunday that a Finance Ministry document to
be presented to the cabinet indicates that 11 Israeli diplomatic missions were
opened abroad during this period.
In addition to the unnamed Persian Gulf
country, missions were opened in New Zealand, Ghana, Turkmenistan, Albania, a
Caribbean nation, China, Germany and Russia.
Israel had in the past
maintained interest sections in a number of Arab states with which it has no
formal diplomatic ties – Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar and Oman among them – but
they were all closed shortly after the September 2000 outbreak of the second
Diplomatic officials said last week in China that Israel
planned to increase its representation in the Asian super- power by opening
diplomatic missions there. The funding for these missions, one senior official
said, would be provided by the closure of missions in less strategically
important countries. The official gave neither a timeline nor any indication
of which diplomatic representations would be closed.