By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local campaign to keep the Israeli consulate in Philadelphia up and running has produced a good result: Israel’s Department of Foreign Ministry has decided to keep the center city consular office open.
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of foreign affairs, broke the news by writing Mayor Nutter a letter from Jerusalem.
In recent weeks, reports began surfacing that Israel was considering closing its Philadelphia consulate (see previous stories), prompting an online petition as well as a letter-writing campaign by the mayor, the governor, and local members of Congress.
Mayor Nutter recently led a delegation of business and academic leaders to Israel on a ten-day trade mission.