Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and
Mossad head Tamir Pardo to a meeting Sunday to iron out turf issues badly
straining relations between the agencies the two men lead.
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followed Yediot Aharonot reports last week that Lieberman had issued a directive
calling on ministry staffers not to cooperate any longer with the
Turf battles have long been a fixture in the Mossad-Foreign
Ministry relationship, with ministry officials complaining for years that the
Mossad does not keep them in the loop, and often takes responsibility abroad for
duties for which the ministry is responsible.
Unofficially, the Foreign
Ministry is responsible for all ties with countries with whom Israel does have
diplomatic ties, while the Mossad carries the ball in contacts with nations –
including the vast majority of the Islamic world – with whom Israel does not
have diplomatic relations.
One government official said understandings
were reached at Sunday’s meeting, making cooperation possible. He would not