Fat Katz / One day in power. One phone for life
Former Knesset member Eitan Cabel of Labor badly wants to scale back the perks that former ministers receive. For instance, it turns out, former cabinet ministers are entitled to a monthly reimbursement of NIS 268 for phone calls for the rest of their lives, even if they were in office for all of a day.
Former Knesset member Eitan Cabel of Labor badly wants to scale back the perks that former ministers receive.
For instance, it turns out, former cabinet ministers are entitled to a monthly reimbursement of NIS 268 for phone calls for the rest of their lives, even if they were in office for all of a day.
Former Knesset members are entitled to annual telephone reimbursements of NIS 840 for each year they served in parliament, up to a combined total of NIS 8,406.
If a person was both a Knesset member and a minister, he or she gets the ministerial level of reimbursement.
Cabel feels that the whole idea should be thrown out. "It's true that it isn't easy to forgo perks," he shares. "But a former minister can function without this particular perk."
When the Knesset starts its winter session in two weeks, Cabel added, he means to examine the other perquisites that the nation's former ministers receive and submit a bill that would scale them back, too.
As TheMarker has revealed in the past, former ministers who were in office for at least two years, and are presently in parliament, not only receive full wages as a Knesset member, but monthly pension stipends as well, of up to NIS 3,162 a month. That is roughly double or triple what a rank-and-file public servant who retired prematurely would get until the retirement age of 65.
This perk is presently enjoyed by former ministers Limor Livnat, Silvan Shalom, Yisrael Katz and Yuli Edelstein (all of Likud), Yitzhak Levy (National Union) and Shlomo Benizri (Shas).
Moreover, when they retire from the travails of government, ex-ministers get pension payments equivalent to up to 100 percent of their salary (if they served for long enough to qualify), while ordinary people who retire after working for the state for 35 years get at most 70 percent of their pay.
Veteran ministers who retired before 2001 and who are entitled to pensions equivalent to up to 70 percent of their salary also get a very special extra perk - namely, up to NIS 2,400 a month to write their memoirs, or NIS 29,000 a year. The former ministers entitled to this taxpayer-funded trip down memory lane include David Levy and Israel's president, Shimon Peres.