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After return to coalition, Zoabi said to give up on Shanghai consul post

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi seen after a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid outside the Foreign Ministry offices in Jerusalem, May 22, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi seen after a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid outside the Foreign Ministry offices in Jerusalem, May 22, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

After agreeing to return to the coalition earlier today, Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi is withdrawing her nomination as Israel’s consul general to Shanghai, according to Hebrew media reports.

Zoabi announced last week that she was quitting the coalition before reversing her decision today, following a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid — during which he agreed to release already promised funds for Arab municipalities.

In February, Zoabi was tapped as the consul general to Shanghai in a move that was widely seen as an attempt to shore up the coalition by installing the Meretz MK, who was seen as a defection risk, safely in China.

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