Test yourself: Do you know your future finance minister?
A. An economist rich in experience, with a stainless public record, as Netanyahu hinted and promised ahead of the elections.
B. Himself. A lot of people who voted for him assume he'll be the one at the forefront of economic policy.
C. Michal Lieberman's daddy. She's that wunderkind who earned NIS 11 million from international trade before age 25.
A. Lesson learned from the financial crisis: Integrity and transparency are critical in economic management.
B. Olmert did so well with Abraham Hirchson as finance minister that Netanyahu realizes one needs a minister with both feet on the ground, a person who's counted cash with his own two hands, not only heard of that "money" thingie in Budget Department presentations.
C. America's sinking, the Russian bloc is rising. Netanyahu's thinking ahead.
A. Michal made millions in her early 20s. Ofer, Hirchson's son, went into debt amounting to tens of millions before the age of 30. Hirchson Jr. didn't work with daddy, Abraham Hirchson told the court: His son just helped out from time to time. Michal did have a strong working connection with her daddy - Oedipal you see.
B. Hirchson traveled the world on public money. Lieberman confined his trips to Eastern Europe.
C. Hirchson was caught at an airport with $190,000 cash in a suitcase. That would never happen to Lieberman.
A. The bank was a partner of Martin Schlaff, who people mistakenly think of that Jericho casino guy but who's actually a lover of Zion who gives scholarships to promising young Israeli politicians. Just ask Omri or Gilad Sharon, or that marvel of rectitude, Shimon Sheves.
B. Silly question. The bank itself officially explained that it had consulted with Lieberman on monetary policy changes in Russia. Lieberman is a monetary expert of international standing.
C. The payment was designated for George Soros, for providing advice on foreign currency trading and was transferred to Lieberman by mistake.
A. Same as all other kids: flipping burgers, working here and there at an accounting firm in the afternoons, a little international trading in Eastern Europe.
B. Irrelevant question. You've said your piece, now kindly allow me to say mine; you spoke more than I did, with all due respect: The real question is whether Israel's Arabs are loyal to the state, and I think by now we know the answer to that one.
C. Just you wait. That NIS 11 million will pale in insignificance with the sums she'll make after her daddy finishes his stint as finance minister.
A. It is but natural for a squeaky clean politician like Landau to join Avigdor Lieberman. Only one out of the five or six police investigations into Lieberman since he joined politics culminated in conviction, and he closed it with a plea bargain anyway, and in any case it was a trivial affair - assaulting a child.
B. Laudau wants to root out corruption and the best way to do that is from the inside.
C. Landau would have joined the Ku Klux Klan if they'd offered him a sure ministerial seat.
A. It's a complex matter. It has to be studied. These are responsible people who speak out only after thoroughly studying the issues.
B. You have to be terminally stupid to speak out against a person with a record like Lieberman's who may be finance minister in a matter of weeks.
C. It's hard to think of a more apposite appointment and everybody knows it. This is what's needed at this time of emergency and Israelis come together when the times turn tough.
A. This is what Israel needs now: a clean politician with a record of public activity, a person whose entire history in the last decade is completely transparent.
B. He's a genius. He knew, where other politicians failed, that racist, belligerent slogans are stronger than any ideological platform or political record.
C. Arthur Finkelstein promised him 20 seats but promised to make it up to him in the next election.
A. Pushes through economic and social reforms that will become textbook fare in the future.
B. Quickly organizes a violent dispute on television or radio, preferably with an Arab member of Knesset, diverting attention from what he's up to the rest of the year.
C. Studies developments in monetary policy at central banks worldwide. You can never know when an Austrian bank may need a helping hand.
D. Studies developments in corporate or tax law of Cyprus, the sort of thing that every finance minister in Israel needs to know.
A. Olmert is lame next to me. You can't even compare that idiot Hirchson, who was brought down over nonsense, cash envelopes and living high on the hog, and clever, artful Lieberman.
B. The only thing he cares about is integrity and transparency in the people who'll be in charge of public finances.
C. Public? Public who? We're post-election, dummy.
A. He wanted to strengthen the financial ties between Minsk and Tel Aviv: infrastructure and transport projects that will become the stuff of future textbooks.
B. He wanted to look into importing coal and gas from Russia, after his attempts while serving as National Infrastructures minister, failed.
C. Well, Minsk, you know.
A. Israel's military and political establishment isn't ready for the depth of analysis and understanding, and completely new views and language, that Lieberman brought to the Iranian issue. Maybe we'll understand in 50 years, when the files are opened to the public.
B. He couldn't stand the thought that the completely unnecessary portfolio had been created just for political reasons and was sucking in NIS 35 million a year from the innocent taxpayer.
C. He understood that the true strategic threat Israel faces is corruption, political conveniences and the complete and utter indifference of the public to these matters. The result of the last election and the identity of Netanyahu's candidate for finance minister prove that Lieberman had it just right.
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