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The Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic workers stiffened their work sanctions Monday
and went after the checkbook – announcing that from now on they would not assist
Israeli companies abroad, or sign off on papers needed for security-related
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Monday’s measures were the latest in a long line of gradually
escalating sanctions, which already have led to a near shut down of Foreign
Ministry services to visiting dignitaries, Israeli politicians traveling abroad,
and Israeli citizens in need of consular services here or abroad.
diplomatic worker’s committee sent out a cable to all ministry representatives
abroad saying that since the Finance Ministry refused to return to negotiations,
the ministry would now stop giving assistance to Israeli companies, such as
giving assistance in opening markets abroad, and representation at foreign trade
Likewise, the ministry will cease contact with all manufacturing
and import and export organizations and institutions in Israel and all
government bodies connected to trade. The ministry will also not sign off on any
security-related deals, and all representatives abroad have been told to stop
dealing with the various projects in the works.
A statement put out by
the worker’s committee said that Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and the
Treasury are “mistaken in thinking that the Israeli economy can grow without the
assistance and support of the Foreign Ministry workers.”
said the Treasury, in its treatment of the ministry workers, was “harming the
chances for Israeli economic growth.”
The Ministry’s workers have been
involved in a work dispute for nearly a year, trying to equalize their salaries
with those of Defense Ministry and Mossad employees.