MK Shai: Arbel's suspension meant to intimidate workers

October 5, 2011 09:53


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MK Nachman Shai (Kadima) called the suspension of Deputy Ambassador Dan Arbel, "a clear process of silencing and intimidating on the Foreign Ministry workers," in a statement on Wednesday.

"The foreign minister and secretary-general need to realize that in the world of public diplomacy, where Israel fails again and again, we need to draw the media and its representatives closer to the ministry and its workers, and not push them away."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suspended Israel’s deputy ambassador to Washington, Dan Arbel, on Tuesday for allegedly leaking sensitive information  to a Haaretz reporter in 2009.

Arbel, a senior and widely respected diplomat, is now expected to undergo a disciplinary procedure. The alleged leak took place before Arbel went to Washington.

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