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Foreign Ministry on Full Strike

Strike over working conditions to affect over 100 of Israel's Foreign Ministry branches worldwide.
By Hezki Ezra and Netanel Katz
First Publish: 3/23/2014, 3:53 PM / Last Update: 3/23/2014, 5:19 PM

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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The Foreign Ministry will go on an all-out strike on Monday, as protests over unfair working conditions from the Ministry's employees continue. 

During the strike - which will continue until the demands of employees are met - 103 branches of Israel's Foreign Ministry worldwide will be closed, including the main offices in Jerusalem. 

"The Finance Ministry has waged a war on the foreign services of the State of Israel," Yair Frommer, Chairman of Foreign Ministry employees, stated Sunday, "and on the dedicated diplomats who defend the State of Israel day by day, hour by hour." 

The Foreign Ministry, headed by MK Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), has already been subject to a partial strike over the past several weeks. 

Liberman himself has not supported the strike, however, calling the decision "irresponsible." 

"This is a depressing decision by the Committee for Foreign Ministry Employees that demonstrates a lack of responsibility," Liberman stated Sunday afternoon. "This has no purpose whatsoever and will only cause further damage to employees at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs." 

"It pains me that irresponsible steps like this have been taken on the public's bill," he continued. "We will do everything possible to minimize the damage done to the country and its citizens." 

Rumors have already surfaced that the partial strike would postpone Pope Francis's planned visit to the Jewish state in May, although British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit still went ahead as planned.