Selin ATAY-TDO- Israeli embassies and consulates around the world shut down on Wednesday because of a strike by diplomats and military attaches over a pay dispute.
The closure came into effect at 1 AM on Wednesday morning Israel time. The move, coordinated by the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Histadrut Labor Federation, came after the Treasury reportedly backtracked on previous understandings and said it would force the envoys to pay back thousands of dollars that they had been reimbursed for expenses.
Israel, which is represented by 78 diplomatic missions around the world, implemented the strike decision in many countries.
"No consular services will be provided, and no one will be allowed to enter the Embassy/Consulate,” a statement posted on various Israeli mission websites.
“Israeli diplomats are committed at all times to strive to enhance Israel’s strength and resilience. Unfortunately, the decision of the Ministry of Finance does not leave us any choice but to take the above-mentioned action, since the vital interests of the State of Israel have been harmed,” the statement said. “We hope that this crisis will be resolved as soon as possible.” The State Department said in a statement on its social media account.
Israel's Embassy in Ankara said that due to a dispute with the Israeli Ministry of finance, all Israeli diplomatic agencies around the world have decided to strike as of this morning. The statement said they hoped to end the strike as soon as possible and resume diplomatic activities
Israeli diplomats have long complained about low wages and poor working conditions in Israeli missions abroad.