If Israel's Politicians Shape up, the Bureaucracy Will Fall in Line

When push comes to shove, the politicians always win.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a school in Jerusalem ahead of the opening of the school year, August 25, 2020. Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a school in Jerusalem ahead of the opening of the school year, August 25, 2020. Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Last Word
Oct. 1 2020
About the author

Haviv Rettig Gur is the senior analyst for the Times of Israel.


There are a great many fascinating insights contained in the responses to my essay on Israel’s civil service. Some differences between the respondents are the inevitable result of different perspectives and experiences. To Reuven Frankenburg’s argument that what looks like cunning fiscal machinations on the treasury’s part actually amounts to rank incompetence, I can only plead the old adage of Yehuda Amichai: from afar everything looks like a miracle, but from up close even a miracle doesn’t.

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