Israel's Consul-General in Boston Nadav Tamir was censured on Thursday after being summoned by the Foreign Ministry over a memo he had written criticizing Israel's policy vis-a-vis the U.S.
In the memo, which was intended for internal use only but was leaked to the media, Tamir warned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's public spat with the U.S. administration over construction in West Bank settlements was causing Israel strategic damage.
Tamir met with Foreign Ministry Director General Yossi Gal on Thursday, as specified by the summons, and apologized for the way the incident unfolded.
"There was no intention for the content of the memo to go beyond the internal correspondence [between Tamir and] his superiors, and he regrets the interpretation that the incident sparked," Channel 10 quoted Gal as saying.
Following the consultation, Gal censured Tamir for lack of judgment in the way that he had disseminated the memo to a wide list of recipients. The consul-general acknowledged his culpability and said that he regretted the fact that the memo was leaked to the public.
Tamir added that he understands the fact that the holder of a public office cannot publicly criticize the policies of the government that assigned him to his post, and that he sees his job as an opportunity to represent Israel and its elected government.
Gal stressed that in accordance with the instructions issued by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at a ministry meeting on August 10, he expects every employee to transmit all reports and assessments to their direct superiors by use of proper channels and with the utmost care to follow protocol. Any employee who wishes to share his feelings can approach the foreign minister or the ministry director at any time, Gal explained, and they will be answered.
The consul-general was scheduled to return to his office in Boston at the beginning of next week.
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