A labor court told the Finance Ministry, Thursday evening, to open negotiations with employees of the Foreign Ministry after it became clear that employees of Israel's embassy in France won't assist the Defense Ministry in operating the Israeli pavilion at the Paris Air Show, which opens next week. The ruling came at the end of a hearing into a petition by the state which seeks to end three months of sanctions by Foreign Ministry employees.
The workers committee at the Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing happiness at the ruling and anticipation of "serious negotiations that will bring an end to the sanctions." The Treasury issued a statement that "Finance Minister Yair Lapid refused to submit to payments to senior employees at the Foreign Ministry in exchange for their agreement to cooperate in the opening of the Paris Air Show. The minister announced that he is not ready to meet the demands of the workers under threats."