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Some 20 of Israel’s senior ambassadors sent a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu on Thursday calling on him to urgently step in and “save Israel’s
The ambassadors serving in some of Israel’s key posts
abroad – including Ron Prosor in London, Ran Kuriel in Brussels, Mark Sofer in
New Delhi and Meron Reuben at the UN – wrote that as a former diplomat,
Netanyahu could appreciate the challenges they and their families face on a
daily basis, as well as their contributions to the state.
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Ministry’s workers committee has been engaged in a work dispute for nearly a
year with the Treasury, trying to get their salaries equal to those of Defense
Ministry and Mossad employees.
To this end they have over the last few
weeks ratcheted up sanctions, causing the cancellation of Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev’s visit here – originally scheduled to have taken place this
week – as well as cancelling all consular services abroad and leaving Israelis
in need of their services in foreign lands without anywhere to turn.
Foreign Ministry workers, the ambassadors wrote, were part of Israel’s “national
“Just as the state needs its best at the center of
the security establishment, it also needs them at the diplomatic front,” the
“As opposed to the different security branches and
frameworks in which thousands of people are active, the diplomatic struggle is
done by a few hundred professional diplomats splitting their talents between the
Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem and a hundred delegations around the world.
Unfortunately, the state – which knows how to properly compensate thousands of
people – is not acting reasonably towards us, soldiers in suits and ties in
Israel and around the world, and continuously has eroded our salaries and status
into the ground.”
During a discussion on the matter in the Knesset
earlier this month, the Finance Ministry said that the ministry workers were
making 20-30 percent more than government employees elsewhere with similar
training. The workers, however, said they were making 49% less than Defense
Ministry workers, and some 80% less than the salaries paid in the Mossad.