UN talks over Lebanon border town paralyzed due to Foreign Ministry strike - Haaretz Daily
UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon and UNIFIL commander were scheduled to arrive in Israel to discuss completion of Israel’s withdrawal from the Ghajar village.
This is one of those moments in world politics that is almost too bizarre to believe. And there will be many more headlines that sound like this.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry, the part of the government that is similar to the US State Department, has gone on strike. Like a union. They have demands for higher pay, more benefits, expense reimbursements, and so on.
In the meantime, all diplomatic activity has stopped. Foreign leaders are respecting the strike, canceling meetings.
One of the benefits of uncharted territory is that there isn’t any way to predict what will happen. So you just have to observe the phenomenon. There is a belief that countries cannot exist without a diplomatic corps. But what goes for diplomacy now can be seen as counterproductive. This is a journey to watch.