Diplomacy weakened by rivalries


The State Comptroller's report published on Tuesday reveals that ministerial rivalries have impeded Israel's attempts to counter the BDS campaign abroad and boost diplomacy.

Yosef Shapira, the Comptroller, found a steady erosion of the Foreign Ministry's role since Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power in 2009.

Responsibility had been given to new ministries such as Strategic Affairs and Diaspora and Public Diplomacy as "consolation prizes" for Likud ministers who did not receive more senior portfolios.

Mr Shapira wrote that in consequence, "Israel is not effectively countering the overt hostility from different parties abroad".

The report highlighted the failure of the IDF to replenish some of its munition stockpiles following the Gaza conflict in 2014 and the suspicion that sub-contracting jobs at the Dimona nuclear reactor had been awarded to companies owned by former employees without a tender.

It also refocused public attention on the finances of Mr Netanyahu. The Comptroller criticised the way the then Finance Minister's trips abroad, with accompanying family members, were financed by foreign organisations and private individuals.

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