The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters)
Some 18 diplomatic positions abroad, including deputy ambassador to Norway and
to Kenya, remain vacant because of staffing issues inside the Foreign Ministry,
the ministry’s workers committee said Monday.
The committee presented
these figures at the annual conference being held at the ministry for Israel’s
ambassadors and consuls-general abroad.
Yair Fromer, the chairman of the
workers committee, said the state of Israeli diplomacy was “bad,” and that it
was not because of government policy decisions but because of the “negligence
and dereliction of Israeli governments in investing the necessary resources into
the Foreign Service.”
He said that the government needed to act
immediately to prevent deterioration in Israel’s position abroad and to ensure
the future of Israeli diplomats.
According to the committee, the ministry
is suffering from the flight of diplomats who are leaving the Foreign Service
because of an inability to make ends meet, both here and when they serve
Among the positions that have not been filled, in addition to the
posts in Norway and Kenya, are the political adviser in Australia, cultural
attaché in Japan, deputy ambassador in Nepal, consul in India, and economic
adviser in Russia. In addition, the committee said that only one or two
diplomats have put forward their candidacy for dozens of other
The ministry workers have been engaged in a labor dispute
since February, and are currently in a mediation process with the Treasury.