Amos Gilad 311.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC) by Hanay)
Foreign Ministry diplomatic workers stepped up their work sanctions Sunday,
declaring they will boycott any new political appointments, a move that could
complicate the possible posting of Amos Gilad as ambassador to
The diplomatic workers sent out a directive calling on all
employees both here and abroad to stop the process of absorbing any new
political appointments, and halt the process of extending the tenure of
political appointees abroad already serving as ambassadors or heads of
According to a statement put out by the workers committee, Gilad
– currently the head of the Defense Ministry’s diplomatic-security bureau –
would be the first to be harmed by these measures.
Gilad’s name has been
raised as a possible candidate to be Israel’s envoy to Turkey when ties with
Ankara are normalized.
The statement said that one central reason for the
labor dispute is the political appointments, which are “another layer in the
privatization of the Foreign Ministry, which has been manifest recently in the
appointment of [Yuval] Steinitz as international relations minister.”
statement added that the time has come for the government to understand it is
impossible to have a foreign service without Foreign Ministry workers, who are
trained professionals. Foreign Ministry officials are increasingly frustrated by
what they see as the subcontracting of traditional ministry duties to
The statement said that the measures against the political
appointments come in the wake of former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman’s
tenure, when the number of 11 political appointments allowed by law was reached.
His predecessor, Tzipi Livni, did away almost completely with political
This step is the latest in the work sanctions for better
conditions for Foreign Ministry employees, which has included not sending
internal cables and not issuing diplomatic passports to the new MKs.