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 transfers were tens of thousands of shekels from the office of former Minority Affairs Minister Avishay Braverman (Labor). Braverman, who attended the meeting, has not been in the government since January 2011, ever since his job was abolished and handed to...
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