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March 17, 2016 9:52 am

Netanyahu Reverses Decision to Close Israeli Embassy in Belarus

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A view of Minsk, Belarus, where the Israeli Embassy is located. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A view of Minsk, Belarus, where the Israeli Embassy is located. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to close the Israeli Embassy in Minsk, Belarus, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

The decision was made following a number of discussions and consultations with senior Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and with Minister of Immigrant and Absorption and Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin.

Earlier this month, the Conference of European Rabbis said in a letter to Netanyahu that the decision to close the embassy would negatively impact Israel’s relations with the Jewish community of Belarus, which has the third largest Jewish community in the former Soviet Union.

Israel announced the original closure in January along with the closure of four other foreign mission offices as part of a budget-saving measure.

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