Israeli Consulate Reopens After Month-Long Strike

The Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region announced that the Israeli diplomats’ strike, part of a year-long labor dispute in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came to an end. Therefore all Israeli missions over the world, and their headquarters in Jerusalem, reopened Thursday.

Starting March 4, Israel’s consulates around the world did not provide any services, except for life-threatening situations and burials in Israel. On March 23, the Ministry’s workers declared a general strike.

“We regret that we had to use this extreme measure, but after a year of work dispute, mediation and negotiations that were dragged out by officials of the Ministry of Finance, this was our last resort that proved itself,” the Consulate said in a statement.

The director of wages department in the Ministry of Finance, Kobi Amsalem, said that the agreement “will strengthen foreign services and help Israel’s emissaries work for a long time in service of Israeli diplomacy.”

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