1 August 12 18:21–
1. Can it possibly be that the prime minister of a country- it doesn’t matter which hot country in the Middle East – simply deceives his citizens? Pulverizes the public, crushes it, and sells its economic future in exchange for a quiet life and a few more months in office? Such a respectable person – surely not!
2. Can it be that a prime minister changes his mind every hour? One minute he has money to spare, the next he hasn’t. One minute up, the next minute down. In the morning the prime minister talks about the free lunches, in the afternoon he makes a manly call about the critical national need for spending cuts, and at nighttime reverts to being a little politician with a little account book doling out the money anew to his friends?
3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz are by now not even zigzagging. They are slithering about under the influence of vertigo. Whoever bursts into tears receives. Whoever waves his fists gets. Ministers with sob stories receive silk handkerchiefs embroidered with millions to wipe away the tears.
4. Correct to this afternoon, NIS 270 million have already been knocked of the NIS 700 million spending cut. The numbers have not been disclosed, but this amount apparently also includes the NIS 100 million out of the defense budget that Steinitz, in a fit of childishness, imposed on Ehud Barak at the last minute. So we’re talking about a net NIS 170 million concession on the spending cuts. Netanyahu really ought to sit down and ask himself if this humiliation becomes him, and what it does to his credibility…
5. The stories that have been emerging since midday today from the Prime Minister’s Office speak of Ministry of Finance officials who acted belligerently, who did not talk to ministers or ministries, who imposed severe cuts that made no sense, until the prime minister came along and set things right, for the benefit of the public. The Ministry of Finance is undoubtedly aggressive and brutal, sometimes sordid, but that’s its job, that how the keeper of the money box works. There is also no doubt that in the list of the NIS 700 million across-the-board cuts that the Ministry of Finance put together, there is in practice much more than NIS 700 million. This is partly a matter of the ministry throwing its weight around, and partly because it likes people begging its favor, but mainly because the ministry knows that the concessions will come. It therefore always, but always, keeps the “reserve” (that no-one ever knows what it is) sacrosanct…Read More>>