Israel to close 7 diplomatic missions over 3 years starting in 2019

As part of the Israeli government’s 2019 budget, the Foreign Affairs Ministry will need to shut down seven diplomatic missions. Israel’s missions in Belarus, Dublin, Eritrea and Atlanta are among the locations that may close down over the timespan of three years starting in 2019.
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On Friday, it was revealed that Israel will shut down seven of its diplomatic missions abroad over the timespan of three years starting in 2019. The decision was made during the discussions regarding next year’s budget, which was unanimously approved today.

The original plan outlined by Israel’s Finance Ministry recommended that 22 diplomatic missions be shut down. Israel currently has 103 missions around the world. The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry will discuss the possible locations to be shut down and submit its recommendations to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel’s foreign affairs minister.

According to Yedioth Aharonoth, Israel’s missions in Belarus, Dublin, Eritrea, Atlanta, the Dominican Republic and Bengaluru (India) are among the locations that the ministry may decide to close. In exchange for shutting down the missions, the ministry will receive a significant increase in funding that will allow it to strengthen its activities and programs.

The Finance Ministry’s original proposal also included a significant number of layoffs in the Jerusalem office. However, the Foreign Affairs Ministry managed to get the Finance Ministry to back down from this plan.

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