Bureaucratic Chaos, Not Bloating, Is the Real Problem with Israel’s New Government

On Sunday, the Knesset formally approved the new governing coalition, which has an unprecedent 35 ministers, and an additional sixteen deputy ministers. (Since 2001, there have, on average, been about 26 per government.) New ministries have had to be created, and, Haviv Rettig Gur writes, many Israelis are concerned about the resulting expenses and inefficiencies:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics

Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?

Sept. 24 2020

On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns:

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More about: Benny Gantz, Israeli Security, United Arab Emirates, US-Israel relations