Ronen Plot, director general of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs, does not speak English well enough to make public speeches or hold work meetings in this language, a document revealed on Friday by Channel 2 journalist Amnon Abramovich contends.
Plot is leaving next week on a work trip to Rome, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Amsterdam. The document, a memo sent to Israeli embassies and consulates, said that Plot wishes to meet with "opinion-shapers, leaders of Jewish communities, media and government officials," but noted that Plot "only speaks Hebrew and Russian," and will therefore be "accompanied by ministry spokesman Gal Ilan, who will also be able to interpret into English."
The ministry denied the report and said in response that Plot "speaks English at a conversational level, but not to the level of public speaking, which is why the spokesman's presence was mentioned as a possibility for translation should the director general need to give a lecture. The spokesman is traveling for professional purposes, including work meetings and strengthening cooperation with the relevant media outlets, representing the ministry at a professional conference and managing projects he is responsible for in the United States."
The ministry stressed that Plot gave up a first-class ticket and will fly economy class instead.
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