Reality-checking Israeli overseas minister’s checklist of diplomatic achievements – Israel Information



Israel’s International Minister Yisrael Katz responded Sunday to a Haaretz report containing claims by previous and current diplomats, ambassadors and researchers that he has few achievements to point out for after a 12 months in workplace. The Likud minister revealed a listing enumerating his accomplishments, which upon nearer examination had been discovered to be false or inaccurate.

Katz claimed credit score for “75 Years for the reason that liberation of Auschwitz,” referring to final month’s ceremony at Yad Vashem which noticed official visits by high-profile worldwide leaders. Nevertheless, the initiative got here from the President Reuven Rivlin in cooperation with Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Convention and the World Holocaust Discussion board. The International Ministry did handle sure diplomatic facets of the occasion, however Katz was solely current at a few of the receptions, and claiming that he contributed to the occasion’s manufacturing can be a misrepresentation.

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Katz claimed credit score for “renewing ties with Bolivia.” Haaretz has no details about his contribution. Fairly, the actual impetus for renewed ties is believed to be the coup that ousted President Evo Morales.

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Katz listed “settlement with Honduras to maneuver the embassy to Jerusalem and open curiosity workplaces in Jerusalem of extra nations,” however the marketing campaign to maneuver embassies to Jerusalem is definitely being boosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As for Honduras, the nation at the moment has no intention of shifting its embassy to Jerusalem. As an alternative, it mentioned it might open a trade office in Jerusalem, which has but to occur.

Katz additionally took credit score for “nations declaring Hezbollah a terror group,” and for the “wrestle within the International Criminal Court in The Hague.” These are two points that Netanyahu has promoted, as has the Nationwide Safety Council, headed by Meir Ben-Shabbat, who’s the prime minister’s emissary for delicate issues. President Reuven Rivlin additionally raised the difficulty in diplomatic conferences in the course of the Worldwide Holocaust Discussion board final month, and Katz was not current in these conferences.

Katz additionally talked about the “Expo exhibition in Dubai and selling the connection and agreements with Gulf States.” Katz has certainly tried to concentrate on selling ties with the Gulf States and has visited the Emirates, as was talked about within the original Haaretz report. However the agreements he spoke of, “non-aggression pacts,” have but to turn out to be a actuality.

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Lastly, Katz counts as considered one of his achievements “upkeep of ties with China in the course of the corona disaster and shifting forward with the evacuation of Israelis from the Japanese ship,” referring to a cruise ship on which quite a few Israeli passengers are quarantined. The diplomats who’re truly sustaining ties with China weren’t completely happy to see this credit score stolen and have expressed a sense that Katz has deserted them.

In current days, they’ve been knowledgeable that regardless of their main efforts in China, they are going to face important cuts of their employment circumstances. As well as, no Israelis have been evacuated from the cruise ship.

The one fact in Katz’s response is the phrase: “And plenty of extra actions in full cooperation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” Katz certainly doesn’t problem Netanyahu, and the 2 males’s statements on diplomatic issues are equivalent.

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Employees members of Katz’s workplace declined to remark for this report.



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