Israel's Civil Service May Be Necessary, but in a Democracy the Legislature Is Truly Indispensable

The American and Israeli governments both feature elite cadres of able managers, but the U.S. Congress has outmaneuvered its budget bureaucrats in a way that the Knesset has not.

September 14, 2020 | Christopher DeMuth
About the author: Christopher DeMuth is a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. He was president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 1986 to 2008.
This is a response to Israel’s Deep State Is Undemocratic, Unaccountable, and Completely Indispensable, originally published in Mosaic in September 2020

Former director of Israel’s Budgets Department Shaul Meridor at the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem on September 23, 2019. Flash90.

The American reader of Haviv Gur’s gripping essay will be impressed by the foresight of the Israeli government’s dogged adherence to budget discipline in recent decades. That, in tandem with the strong growth of the private economy, had reduced its public debt to less than 60 percent of GDP when the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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