Medical students, doctors' strike - 22.7.11
Medical students joining protest for improved working conditions on July 22, 2011. Photo by Dudu Bakar
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The Israel Medical Association launched a strike on Monday in public hospitals, after the National Union court rejected the state's request appeal for an injunction order.

The court also rejected a request by the resident doctors' union for official representation in the negotiations. The decision marks a victory for the Israel Medical Association, who has been criticized by the residents for capitulating and agreeing to terms that they deem less than optimal.

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The IMA said the strike will be proportional. On Tuesday, only urgent and oncological operations will be performed in hospitals, and further steps are planned for the rest of the week.

The doctors have been on strike for 16 weeks. Calls increased last week for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to intervene and bring about a breakthrough in the talks.