Shaul Mofaz
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The surprise national unity pact will cost the taxpayer about NIS 15 million to NIS 20 million, which will go to provide an office, bureau, car, staff and much more for the chairman of Kadima and new vice prime minister, Shaul Mofaz.

But this is small change compared to the estimated NIS 2 billion cost of an election, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu no doubt considers the cost of keeping Kadima a pittance in return for a 94-MK coalition, largest in Israeli history.

This money is also an extremely good investment if it keeps various smaller parties from extorting more funds from the state in return for their support for various laws and moves by the government.

Nonetheless, the money for Mofaz is still a waste of public funds: instead of reducing the bloated 29-member cabinet, it will only grow. A broad coalition, while certainly good for stability and Netanyahu's job security, still makes for many expensive and unnecessary jobs - and much public disgust.