The problem Yossi, is two-fold - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
    • 03.12.10 | 04:18 (IST)

    First is a government made up of petty, self-serving individuals who prioritize only those things that will bolster their own political careers among their constituents. Investing in disaster preparedness offers no tangible returns. The other part of the problem is that Israel's system of government, which allows for ministerial seats to become political bargaining chips that are meted out to professional politicians who, in most cases, haven't got the slightest inkling about working requirements and infrastructure needs of the ministries they oversee...and who often make them their own little realm to advance their ideological/political agenda. Why spend money on slurry bombers, fire-fighting equipment, etc...when there's little or no "political payoff" in doing so. It's easier to weather the rare instances of extreme criticism with a deluge of promises for improvements whenever their ineptitude results in costly consequences - which is then soon forgotten - and it's back to business as usual. It's the price Israel pays for a system that allows its infrastructure ministries divvied out to politicians whose only qualification is the number of seats/votes they bring.

    from the article: Israel devours its own people - this time with fire
    First published 02:25 03.12.10 | Last updated 02:25 03.12.10
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