Please note that due to the current labor dispute by the diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel there will be no consular services until further notice, except life threatening situations and burials in Israel. Phone calls will not be answered.
As part of their recently declared labor dispute, Israel's diplomats will no longer engage with foreign representatives, handle official visits of any kind (whether in Israel or overseas), issue visas or provide any consular services. These are part of an extended list of organizational measures which have already taken effect.
Israel's diplomatic corps was left with no other choice but to decide on these measures and resume its labor dispute with the Ministry of Finance, after the latter caused the failure of a seven-month mediation process led by the former Chief Justice of the Labor Court.
Israel's diplomats are deeply commitment to our country's international standing and national security. So that they can continue their work on the front lines of Israel's most important challenges, they expect a long-overdue adjustment of the salary to the rise in the cost of living, an end to a discriminatory tax policy, consideration of the dear price paid by "trailing" spouses and children in terms of loss of income, career and pension, and a decent compensation for extra hours.
It is unfortunate that the same dedicated civil servants, who receive praise wherever they are stationed in the world as representatives of Israel, are met with nothing but scorn by the Finance Ministry bureaucrats, who know little about the importance of diplomacy to national security. This is true always, but more so in a country like Israel, which is faced with an unparalleled range of challenges in the international arena.
We thank you for your support and understanding.