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Newsline: Israeli Embassy in U.S. Closes

The Embassy to Israel of the United States in Washington closed with no indication of when it would reopen, joining a call by Israel’s largest labor union for government workers to protest recent legislative changes proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Monday, the Israeli Embassy in Washington responded to Histadrut’s request for strike and closed its offices until further notice. “Today (3/27), the Histadrut, Israel’s largest labor union, instructed all government employees to go on strike, including Israel’s diplomatic missions around the world. The Embassy of Israel will be closed today until further notice and no consular services will be provided,” embassy spokesperson Elad Strohmayer told Newsweek in a statement. (https://www.newsweek.com/israeli-embassy-us-closes-massive-protests-engulf-netanyahu-1790589) Embassy services, such as filling visa requests or renewing passports, will likely be affected by the closure, although many Israelis might welcome the inconvenience in a show of solidarity. The strikes and protests are the latest examples of unrest in Israel since the November elections. At the end of 2022, Netanyahu and Israel’s most far-right government in the nation’s history proposed a series of legislative changes that would drastically overhaul the nation’s judicial system and greatly limit the power of the Supreme Court of Israel. Thousands of Israelis have protested daily since the elections, and on Monday, Histadrut—Israel’s largest labor union—called for its members to strike. Histadrut’s members span countless sectors in the economy, from government officials to health and banking.

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