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Strike at Ben Gurion International Airport

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Workers at Ben Gurion International Airport began a three-hour strike Thursday morning.

Check-in counters closed down and passengers were unable to proceed to aircraft as a result.

The strike, set to begin at 11 am, actually began at 10:30 am so that passengers’ baggage would not reach the security inspection area and get stuck in the middle of the system.

“Due to airport workers committee sanctions, the check-in process will be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience,” passengers heard over the airport speakers. Thousands were unable to depart as scheduled.

The strike came as a solidarity gesture to support the workers of the Israel Postal company in their current work slowdown. The postal workers are in a deadlock with management in negotiations over the company’s recovery plan. The state is planning to lay off some 1,500 permanent workers from the postal system and replace them with temporary employees instead.

FM Spokesperson Yigal Palmor Resigning, Joins Senior Staff Flight

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

According to a report published Tuesday in the Hebrew-language daily Maariv, veteran Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor plans to resign in the near future.

If the report is true, Palmor’s resignation will be the latest in a series of flights by seasoned professionals from the office that is the face of the State of Israel, representing this country to the world. Palmor, 53, speaks numerous languages and has worked at the ministry for 28 years, serving as a deputy spokesperson since the mid-1990s and as official spokesperson since 2008.

Among the others who left over the past several years are: Lior Weintraub, chief of staff at the Washington bureau; Yaki Dayan, head of the Los Angeles office; Ran Curiel, vice-director at the European office; Ilan Maor, Israel’s envoy to Shanghai; and Amos Nidai, former ambassador to Beijing. Each allegedly left “for his own reasons,” according to the Foreign Ministry.

But it is no secret that relations between ministry employees and “upper management” have been strained at best. Over the past year they carried out a worldwide strike – an unheard-of move by envoys and people at the foreign ministry – due to a long-unresolved contract dispute with the Finance Ministry over wages and benefits.

Palmor was left to explain that to the media, including having to face the unenviable task of dealing with the fallout over holiday supplies not reaching the famed Nepal Chabad House in time for its annual Passover Seder in the Himalayas due to the strike.

Further complicating the picture are the reduced numbers in the ministry’s lower echelons due to the wage and benefits dispute, which has meant there are fewer younger officials to rely upon.

There is also a great deal of confusion about exactly who represents this country to the world. The establishment in 2006 of the prime minister’s National Information Directorate alienated many at the foreign ministry; at that time, the ministry already was contending with the issue of its releases simultaneously arriving in editors’ boxes with those of the Government Press Office, those of the IDF, the Defense Ministry, and those of the Prime Minister’s Office – not to mention releases from the spokespersons of individual politicians and members of Knesset.

It has never been clear to most journalists exactly who, precisely, represents the views of the State of Israel as a specific, sole entity. If as a journalist one calls the prime minister’s office to ask that question, the answer often depends upon the question itself – “exactly what is this about?”

One cannot ever get a straight answer to a straight question in the State of Israel, as a journalist – and this may be the greatest problem for this country’s public relations, if not perhaps the impetus behind the exodus of the foreign ministry’s senior staff.

An Israeli Italian Strike

Friday, May 9th, 2014

A number of El Al pilots didn’t show up for their flights on Thursday evening, calling in “sick”, apparently protesting against the side effects of El Al’s creation of a budget airline service called “Up”.

The Israeli version of the Italian strike left hundred of travelers stuck at the airport with long delays, and one flight to Munich was completely cancelled.

The pilots claim they are flying too many hours, and have too many last-minute itinerary changes as of late.

They’re demanding that El Al hire more pilots to lighten the load.

El Al recently cancelled their point sharing agreement with HAS Advantage Visa card holders, leaving angry and surprised card holders with many tens of thousands of points that can no longer be applied towards El Al flights.

Postal Strike to Continue on Wednesday

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Striking workers at the Israel Postal Company put their stamp on a second day of a strike that has left citizens, the military and businesses without ground communication.

Bails, checks bad orders for IDF reservists cannot reach their destinations.

Employees are striking over management plans to fire 2,000 workers as part of a program to cut costs and to adapt to e-commerce and more efficient delivery systems.

Postal Service on Strike

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Israel Postal Co. workers are going on a nationwide strike Tuesday, one day after they closed offices in central Israel in protest of the Post Office’s plans to fire 2,000 workers.

The employees committee said the move was not coordinated with them.

IDF Hits Syrian Military Position with Tammuz Missile

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

In response to the mortar fire that hit the Israeli side of the Golan on Saturday multiple times, on Saturday afternoon the IDF launched a “Tammuz” missile at at least one of the Syrian military positions that launched the mortars.

The missile hit the position and took out a Syrian’s mortar cannon. It’s unknown if any Syrian soldiers were hit in the retaliatory strike.

The Tammuz guided missile has a range of 25 kilometers, can track a target independently, and can penetrate the armor of any tank. Each missile costs half a million shekels.

Foreign Ministry Strike Strands South Floridians

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

The strike at the Foreign Ministry and its consulates worldwide has left hundreds people stranded, including several from South Florida.

“All I really need is someone to put a stamp in my passport” that expired last month, Delray Beach, Florida businessman Shimon Cohen told the Miami Herald. He charged that the strike violated his “basic human right of free movement.”

The strike was prompted by a government reorganization of the ministry after the creation of  a new Ministry of International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs.

Chaim Schacham, the Israeli consul general for Florida and Puerto Rico, said the strike was necessary. “Because we’re diplomats and we speak diplomatically, they didn’t take us seriously at first,” he added.

Cohen said he understands the beefs of the ministry workers  but “a passport is a necessity, not a luxury.” He said, “I cannot be held as a prisoner here based on what is happening in Israel. Let them settle it within the borders of Israel.”

That assumes that Israeli knows what its borders are.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/foreign-ministry-strike-strands-south-floridians/2013/07/03/

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