RAMALLAH, March 2 (JMCC) - A veteran Israeli diplomat has resigned his post, saying he can no longer defend Israeli positions towards the Palestinians.
Ilan Baruch ended a 30-year career several years before retirement, reports Ynet, sending a letter to foreign ministry employees explaining his decision.
Identifying the objection expressed by global public opinion to the occupation policy as anti-Semitic is simplistic, provincial and artificial, he wrote. Experience shows that this global trend won't change until we normalize our relations with the Palestinians.
Baruch said that he could no longer serve Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, despite the cabinet member's elected status.
The move comes at a time that Israel
is under increased international pressure to move forward with negotiations with Palestinians.
Talks have been stalled since last year over Israel's continued construction of Israeli settlements
in the occupied West Bank