The Israeli Consul General in New York said that he and Israeli Minister Miri Regev plan to attend the event.







Times Square

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Israeli diplomats have been forbidden by security officials at the Israeli consulate in New York from attending Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Times Square next month, Hadashot news reported Monday.

According to the report, the head of security at the consulate warned of a high security risk following the recent riots in Gaza, saying that the Israeli diplomats may be targeted by terrorists at the public event.

“We prohibit any participation and any presence of the emissaries and employees at this event. This is a very sensitive event that we are unable to provide a satisfactory security response for it,” the consulate’s security officer wrote in a statement. “It should be noted that the NYPD, including the highest echelons, stress that it is a very high-risk event, particularly at this time.”

However, Israeli consulate employees announced on Tuesday that they intend to participate in the event despite the security warnings. Israel’s Consul General in New York Dani Dayan said he will attend the celebration along with Israel’s Minister of Culture Miri Regev.

“Relax, Minister Regev, I, and all the Israeli diplomats in New York will march for Israel on June 3,” Dayan tweeted on Sunday. “We will be at Times Square in the evening and watch the screen show, the most spectacular event outside Israel for the celebration of Israel’s 70th. Everything is fine.”

Hadashot news reported in February that a major celebration during which a segment of a film produced by the 70th celebration administration will be shown on giant screens in Times Square is slated for June.