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Boston consul general reprimanded, apologizes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s consul general in Boston apologized for a memo he wrote criticizing Israel’s policy toward the United States.

Nadav Tamir was reprimanded Thursday in Israel by Foreign Ministry Director-General Yossi Gal for his lack of judgment in widely distributing the memo.

Tamir apologized, saying he regretted the memo became public, according to reports. He also said that he understood that someone in an official government position cannot publicly criticize the government.

Gal did not reprimand him for the content of the three-page memo, titled "Melancholy thoughts on Israel-U.S. relations," in which Tamir said Israel’s handling of relations with the Obama administration was causing Israel "strategic damage."

Tamir will return to Boston at the beginning of next week.
 

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