Archive for the ‘Foreign Ministry’ tag
IDF spokesperson, Brigadier-General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai, wrote to the Foreign Ministry to complain about a new propaganda video clip starring successful model Bar Rafaeli, as she did not serve in the IDF. According to Mordechai, it is “a message of leniency and turning a blind eye to draft dodging.”
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
The Foreign Ministry has criticized the Interior Minister, Eli Yishai (Shas), who contacted the Eritrean authorities in order to expedite the deportation of Eritrean refugees, without coordinating the contacts with the Foreign Ministry, and against regulations.
(Hebrew - Haaretz)
European Union Ambassador to Israel, Andrew Stendly, has issued an official complaint to the Foreign Ministry regarding the eviction of Bedouin residents and the demolition of Palestinian homes in part of the E1 area of the West Bank in which a Jewish neighborhood is planned that would create territorial contiguity between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Europe Rafi Shutz also heard from the ambassador that the EU is concerned about the rise in the number of houses demolished in the West Bank by the Civil Authority.
According to experts on the Separation Wall in the Jerusalem area, there are increasing signs that Israel is paving the way for construction in the E1 area. For example, after many years of inactivity, Israel renewed work on two roads in the Ma’aleh Adumim area and has opened a new crossing point in Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in the north of East Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Israel Beytenu) leaked to Yedioth Aharonoth that the experts in his ministry recommended he initiate cooperation with Kurdish terrorist organization PKK and supply it with weaponry, and that he assist the Armenians and submit complaints against Turkey in U.N. institutions about human rights violations. Officials in the ministry said, on the other hand, that the recommendations were diametrically opposed to those in the “Liberman plan”. “There were various ideas,” a senior foreign ministry official said, “but the foreign ministry’s main recommendation to Lieberman following that discussion was to take steps to prevent a further escalation with Turkey.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized the IDF’s conduct in the events commemorating the Nakba Day in the north, on May 15. According to the UN report, IDF soldiers used disproportionate force against Lebanese demonstrators, seven of whom were killed by IDF fire during the events. Foreign Ministry decided to cut contacts with the UN envoy to Lebanon, Michael Williams, who wrote the report.
Although Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) claimed his Brussels talks on Israel-EU relations as a success, the summary published by the the European Union included reprimands and condemnations of Israel. The EU criticized efforts personally led by Lieberman especially sharply, such as the parliamentary committee of inquiry for human rights NGOs.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beiteinu) announced that all new Foreign Ministry ambassadors and cadets will be required to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs and “Jewish heritage sites” on the West Bank. The ambassadors and cadets will be guided, amongst others, by settlers of Kiryat Arba.
The Education, Science and Sulture UN Organization (UNESCO) denounced Israel for including Rachel’s Tomb in the Israeli government’s heritage sites plane, as well as for the works on the Mughrabi Gate in Old Jerusalem, the situation in Gaza and eastern Jerusalem and the status of culture in the West Bank. The Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, announced (Hebrew) Israel suspends its cooperation with UNESCO on these issues. Yes the deputy minister’s spokeswoman, Irena Ettinger, published an announcement according to which Ayalon suspended Israeli cooperation with UNESCO until “this scandalous decision” is cancelled.