Strike threat to papal trip is averted

Year-long dispute resolved

The strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry has ended, and with it, fears that the industrial dispute would affect Pope Francis’ May trip to the country.

The culmination of a year-long argument between civil servants and the government over pay and pensions, the 11-day strike saw a shutdown of embassies and consulates worldwide and posed difficulties for those making final arrangements for the May 24-26 to the Holy Land.

The strike did cause one major trip to be cancelled, that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Latin America.