- Written by Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
- Published: 10 June 2011 10 June 2011
Classified diplomatic cables from Jerusalem to foreign embassies outline plan to mobilise against UN recognition
Israel has launched a global diplomatic campaign to persuade countries to vote against recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN general assembly in September.
Classified cables have been sent from the foreign ministry in Jerusalem to embassies around the world, instructing diplomats to draw up plans to mobilise against the Palestinian campaign for recognition, according to the newspaper Haaretz, which obtained the documents.
Diplomatic missions have been told to lobby government officials in the countries in which they serve, offer articles and interviews arguing against recognition to media outlets, enlist the help of local Jewish communities and if necessary request visits from top Israeli officials.