Foreign Ministry Union: No New Passports for Israelis Abroad, Except Emergencies

Pay talks deadlocked; Israeli diplomats told not to issue working permits in Israel as strikers ramp up sanctions.

The union of Foreign Ministry employees has decided to stop all issuance of passports outside Israel as part of its industrial action, after talks with the Finance Ministry deadlocked. The union also decided to immediately stop providing consular help for Israelis abroad, except in cases of emergency.