Heavy-handed Israelis cause diplomatic harm report

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The report was also quoted as saying international support for a Palestinian bid to achieve the status of non-member state at the United Nations, opposed by Israel and the United States, should not necessarily be seen as hostile.

“A recognition of the Palestinian move must not necessarily be viewed as an act of delegitimization,” it said.

The author, D.J. Schneeweiss, completed setting up the ministry’s civil society department in July and is now Israel’s consul-general in Toronto, Canada.

Foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor confirmed the 40-page report existed.

“The most sensitive thing he did was to say that all kinds of people in the government system mention the (delegitimization) issue without understanding it... that by interfering they cause damage,” he told AFP.

“The gist of it is an analysis of the whole delegitimization issue,” Palmor said, adding Schneeweiss concluded that, “all sorts of people addressing the issue, such as the information ministry, the strategic affairs ministry and the army, have no idea what they’re talking about.”

“It was very courageous to say so,” Palmor said, but stressed the document was a briefing document left by Schneeweiss for his successors.

“It’s not a position paper of the foreign ministry,” he said. “It’s food for thought.”

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