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.

September 21, 2020 | Yechiel Leiter
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.
This is a response to Israel’s Deep State Is Undemocratic, Unaccountable, and Completely Indispensable, originally published in Mosaic in September 2020

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

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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