Hat tip to HHQ for this tidbit.
Israel closes all embassies worldwide because diplomats are striking?
Admittedly, I find that a stretch.
As HHQ points out 'diplomats' often double as spies or other intelligence assets.
Israel's diplomats called an out-all strike over a long-running pay and conditions dispute on Sunday, shutting the country's 103 foreign embassies and jeopardising a forthcoming visit by the pope.The foreign ministry employees union said it was ordering its 1,200 members to stop work indefinitely from 3pm (1pm GMT) after accusing the finance ministry of failing to take the diplomats' grievances seriously following nearly a year of haggling.
A year of haggling? Odd word in this context? But perhaps it was haggling as opposed to negotiating?
An extended strike has the potential to cripple Israeli diplomacy since the foreign ministry is responsible for organising visits of incoming foreign dignitaries, as well as Israeli ministers' trips abroad.Can't Israel be diplomatic without it's embassies? There is something surreal about this news
It could force the Vatican to call off a two-day visit by Pope Francis to the Holy Land, scheduled for May 24 and 25. A Vatican advance team has already postponed a visit intended to finalise arrangements for the the pontiff's arrival.
Maybe the Pope should just stay home?