The dispute in the Foreign Ministry over labor conditions continues as the ministry's employees' union announced Thursday it canceled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to South America.
According to the committee, officials from the National Security Council in the Prime Minister's Office announced that because of the worker's labor sanctions, the visit to Mexico, Panama and Colombia, slated for the beginning of April, will be canceled.
Since the five-day trip requires assistance from Israeli representatives in the host countries and entails complex planning, it will be canceled. The Prime Minister's Office refused to comment, stating only that as long as an official statement is not released by their office regarding the Latin America visit, they will not address the matter.
This comes against the background of the workers union nullifying the diplomatic passports of three senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office. The passports were canceled on the grounds that they are standing in for the workers of the foreign ministry in organizing the meetings abroad and making their actions unnecessary.
And the workers, it seems, are not holding back: The Israeli Embassy in Nepal and the Chabad house have been celebrating Passover together for years but on Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Hanan Goder said that because of the strike, he has been prevented from giving entry permits to bring kosher food to the state for the Passover event.
"Regretfully, people in the Finance Ministry understand only the language of damage," said the ambassador. "They manage to sabotage [Israel's] foreign relations as well as the well-being of a growing number of Israelis."