The Ministers Without Portfolios Who Cost Israelis a Pretty Penny

At one point almost a third of the current Knesset was either a minister or deputy minister. Beyond the high-profile grandees lurk a swath of ministers without portfolios. What do they actually achieve, and is this really the most effective form of governance?

A few months ago, the Knesset Finance Committee was engaged in a wholesale transfer of budgets from one ministry to another. Among the quickly approved...