Israel to Close Five Diplomatic Offices, Including Philadelphia Consulate

Israel’s Foreign Ministry cites budget cuts, adding that the saved money will go toward existing consulates and embassies.

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1880 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, home of the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic RegionCredit: Google Street View
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In a budget-cutting move, Israel is closing five of its diplomatic offices around the world.

The affected consulates are in Philadelphia, Belarus, El Salvador and Marseilles, France, along with a “roving ambassador” to the Caribbean, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the saved money will go toward existing consulates and embassies.

The Philadelphia consulate was initially scheduled to be shut down two years ago, but was left standing after the local Jewish community and local politicians objected, according to the Post.

In addition to its embassy in Washington and the Philadelphia consulate, Israel has consulates in eight other U.S. cities: New York, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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