All this is very embarrassing for me. Diplomats on strike? This is almost unheard of ("almost" because also Canadian Diplomats went on strike lately). And yet, why can’t you get any service from our consular department lately?
This might come to you as a surprise but Israeli diplomats posted overseas are the only civil servants in Israel who do not have an organized salary agreement. Our salary and the attached conditions are determined in a unilateral way by the Ministry of Finance. Moreover, the salaries of Israeli Diplomats posted overseas have not been updated for years and their real value has deteriorated by dozens of percentage points.
Because of an artificial arrangement played by the Ministry of Finance our pensions in the future will be significantly lower than our actual salary so that in the future we will be left without fair pension. You can add to this the fact the career of our spouses very often are being damaged in such a way because of our career that in the future most of us will have to lean on one pension only.
And on top, we pay much higher tax than any other citizen in Israel. In other words, Israeli citizens living in Israel earning as we do will pay much less tax than we do. Actually, we are being punished twice: extremely high taxation on one hand and extremely low pension on the other.
Those are only some of a list of twelve different demands that we have and that are being discussed – as we speak – between us and the Ministry of Finance. We do hope that a solution will be found and the strike will be over soon. Till than we ask for your understanding.