Representatives of the Treasury and the Foreign Ministry diplomatic
workers' committee were meeting late Tuesday night to try and put an end
to the workers sanctions that claimed another victim – cancellation of a
large UN meeting planned for Israel in March.
Representatives of the ministry's workers were meeting for the third
time in as many days with Ilan Levin, the director of wages in the
The meeting took place after the Foreign Ministry informed the United
Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that because of the
sanctions Israel would be unable to host the meeting that was to focus
on alternative energy.
The UNECE, with 56 countries mostly in Europe, from Albania to the
Ukraine, is one of the UN's five regional economic commissions, with its
major aim to promote pan-European economic integration.
The planned meeting in Israel, rare for a UN organization, was to have
been addressed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Invitations to the
gathering were sent out two months ago, and delegates from some 50
countries were scheduled to attend.