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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv

Employees within Israel’s foreign and defense ministries have begun a work slowdown designed to get the attention of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

The job actions come as a protest against budget cuts in various government departments due to employees’ concerns about the impact the squeeze will have on their work. In response to the cost-cutting measures, the foreign and defense ministry employees are refusing to assist the prime minister on official visits overseas.

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“Another demonstration of the budgetary disaster in which the Foreign Ministry is subject to and the tough costs that Israeli foreign policy is paying as a result,” wrote Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon in a Hebrew-language post on Twitter.

The Foreign Ministry has already canceled a NIS 2.7 million student exchange program involving 50 nations, according to a report by diplomatic correspondent Ariel Kahane in the Hebrew-language daily Yisrael Hayom.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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