It was no secret that Meretz lawmaker Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi was uncomfortable in a governing coalition with a broadly right-wing agenda. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid offered her a way out: the position of Israel’s consul general in Shanghai. That was supposed to have sorted matters. But the events of the last six weeks in Jerusalem, the clashes between police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and at the funeral of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh were too much for her. She doesn’t want to represent Israel in China or support its government in the Knesset.
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