This Ministry Will Soon Self-destruct

The Finance Ministry seriously mismanaged its budget crisis, but now, by focusing on personal issues rather than public ones, it is allowing its enemies the upper hand.

The recently demoted Eyal Epstein was the man in charge of preparing the 2011-2012 budgets in the Treasury’s budget division, at that time headed by Udi Nissan. Epstein was, therefore, at the focus of the debate regarding responsibility for the error in that budget, an inflated estimate of tax revenues. Epstein was also supposed to be in charge of preparing the 2013 and 2014 budgets, under current division head...