Yitzhak Aharonovitch
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No Israel gov't representative to attend Burgas bombing memorial

Foreign Ministry workers union refuses to handle Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch's trip to Bulgaria to attend ceremony for terror victims as part of strike over employment conditions

No Israeli minister will attend a memorial service marking one year since the Burgas terror attack in Bulgaria, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Wednesday.


The reason: The Foreign Ministry workers union's refusal to coordinate the trip of Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who has been invited as the Israeli government's representative.


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July 18 will see line of events held in Burgas to mark the one-year anniversary of the bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver.


More than 35 Israeli relatives of the victims will travel to Bulgaria to attend the various ceremonies.


The Israeli Embassy in Bulgaria has invited Minister Aharonovitch to represent the Israeli government, but disruptions caused by Foreign Ministry staff protesting their employment conditions mean he will not be able to make the trip. The union has ceased coordination of all overseas travels by government ministers.


Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin has urged the union to allow Aharonovitch to travel but the request was rejected.



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