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Britain warns diplomats not to meet Israelis in public

London Foreign Office cautions British diplomats against interacting in public with Israelis following attack on Israeli missions

Itamar Eichner
Published: 02.23.12, 18:58 / Israel News

London's Foreign Office has cautioned its diplomats abroad not to travel in cars with Israelis, or meet with them in public for fear of being targeted by terrorists trying to attack Israelis abroad.


The warning came in wake of the recent terror attempts on Israeli envoys in New Delhi, Tbilisi and Bangkok, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Thursday.


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Israel's Foreign Ministry Director-General Rafi Barak called on all Israeli envoys abroad to take extra security precautions as fears increased that terrorists would attempt to attack Israeli targets abroad again.


"In these moments all elements are doing all they possibly can in order to find the best solution in this current reality. All Israeli Foreign Ministry employees abroad should mind the security precautions," he said.


Over the past few weeks, following the recent terror attacks on Israeli nationals, the Foreign Ministry has received a flow of terror warnings. The new security measures recently implemented have drastically affected the lives of Israeli diplomats serving overseas.


Diplomats were ordered not to travel to work in their private vehicles, and the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi has requested permission from Indian authorities to place civilian, rather than diplomatic plates on embassy vehicles, due to the fact that diplomatic plates in India include the flag of the state they represent.


Following last week’s bombing of an Israeli diplomatic car in New Delhi, Israeli officials are concerned the plates help make them more obvious targets.



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