How Israel's Ministers, and Not its Civil Servants, Made the Tough Decisions that Grew the Economy

The Budgets Department sees everything through the lens of fiscal restraint, but growing a country requires a different understanding, as well as a broader sense of responsibility.

Then-Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon with his deputy Itzhak Cohen and his budget director Shaul Meridor on September 23, 2019. Flash90.

Then-Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon with his deputy Itzhak Cohen and his budget director Shaul Meridor on September 23, 2019. Flash90.

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Sept. 21 2020
About the author

Yechiel Leiter is director of the international department of the Shiloh Policy Forum. He has served as deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Education and as chief of staff to Israel’s minister of finance.

In “Israel’s Deep State Is Undemocratic, Unaccountable, and Completely Indispensable,” Haviv Rettig Gur opens a window into the workings of Israel’s bureaucracy that is usually shut and frosty, engagingly and insightfully exposing a little-known yet critically important area of Israel’s political culture.

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