Abandoning the diplomatic battlefield to our enemies

Israel spends much less than the PA on its foreign service, then wonders why it’s losing the PR war.

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December 8, 2014 17:48
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Knesset. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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The worst thing about elections is that for the next three months, the media will ignore all the really important issues in favor of trivialities such as daily updates on the prospects for a united center-left bloc. That’s why the bombshell released by the Foreign Ministry last week has evaporated without a trace rather than provoking the outraged debate it should have sparked.

At a conference launching a new Knesset caucus on foreign affairs, the ministry revealed the full dimensions of Israel’s underinvestment in diplomacy. According to the subsequent report in Israel Hayom, Israel spends less than half as much on its foreign service as does the Palestinian Authority – an entity whose per capita gross domestic product is less than a twentieth of Israel’s. And then we wonder why Israel is losing the diplomatic battle.

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