Israeli Labor Court Suspends Workers' Strike at Defense and Foreign Bureaus

Court orders ministry employees to continue with negotiations, overruling plan to shut down Gaza, West Bank checkpoints

Israel's Foreign Ministry building, Jerusalem, 2018.
Olivier Fitoussi

Israel's National Labor Court suspended a strike by workers of the Foreign and Defense Ministries on Thursday for 25 days, directing employees to negotiate with the Finance Ministry ahead of another deliberation scheduled for December 3.

The strike, which began on Wednesday, is in protest of changes in the terms of cost reimbursement for employees. Foreign Ministry employees had shutteres Israel's representative offices abroad, denying services to the public and blocking entry into buildings.

Defense Ministry workers also resumed protested after a retreat in their employment terms. The courts, however, overruled the workers' plan to shut down checkpoints the West Bank and Gaza, which would have blocked the transfer of goods to the Strip and civilian traffic in the West Bank.