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March 21, 2014 10:11 am

Netanyahu’s Latin America Trip Canceled Due to Foreign Ministry Dispute

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JNS.orgThe ongoing dispute over labor conditions in the Israeli Foreign Ministry caused the cancellation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned visit to Latin America in April, Israel Hayom reported.

Officials from the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office said the visit to Mexico, Panama, and Colombia was canceled because of labor sanctions imposed by the employees’ union of the foreign ministry, which nullified the diplomatic passports of three senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office. The five-day trip would have required assistance from Israeli representatives in the host countries.

The foreign ministry canceled the passports on the grounds that the Prime Minister’s Office officials were standing in for the workers of the foreign ministry in organizing the meetings abroad.

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