Striking Israeli Diplomats Refuse To Assist Citizens Abroad

By Barak Ravid

Published January 11, 2011.

The Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that it would not be able to provide assistance to Israelis traveling abroad for the time being, an unprecedented move sparked by the growing sanctions imposed by the ministry’s union of employees.

The ministry has absolved itself of all responsibility for the safety of Israelis abroad, and recommends that nationals living outside the country carefully consider their continued residency in foreign lands or think about putting off travel plans until the situation changes.

The statement emphasized that despite these recommendations, nothing in Israeli law could legally prevent citizens from traveling to any other country in the world.

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