Israeli diplomats go on strike

Israel's Foreign Ministry and employees of the Defense Ministry go on strike over financial dispute with Treasury.

Marcy Oster, JTA ,

Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
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The employees of Israel’s foreign and defense ministries around the world have gone on strike.

The strike means that there are no consular services both in Israel and abroad. It also means that all border crossings between Israel, Judea and Samaria, and the Gaza Strip are closed, Ynet reported.

The suddenly called strike comes as Israel’s Ministry of Finance cancelled an allowance for diplomats and also is ordering to be paid retroactive refunds if a diplomat cannot provide receipts for expenses.

The Foreign Ministry also claims the Treasury reneged on recent agreements on representation fees, and now demands retroactive refunds worth thousands of shekels from ambassadors who cannot provide receipts for their expenses, Ynet reported.