Kahlon Aide Faces Civil Service Prosecution for Landing Car She Received for Work

Lihi Golan, who is slated for the Kulanu Knesset list, received a car from the government which ended up destroyed in a car accident while her brother was driving it

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and his adviser Lihi Golan at the entrance to a cabinet meeting, December 2018.
Mark Israel Salem

The Civil Service Commission is prosecuting Lihi Golan, an adviser to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and a designate for the Kulanu election slate, after she allowed someone to use a car she received for work. The person’s name was not mentioned in the disciplinary proceeding against her.

According to the commission’s investigation, that person refueled the car at government expense 27 times in 77 days, in the south of the country, at a time when Golan reported that she was in the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv. Last month the Civil Service Commission filed the claim in the Civil Service Disciplinary Court, for four counts of violating discipline. The case is still proceeding.

Golan said in response: “I expressed great regret at the misunderstanding, the issue was taken care of and I paid the entire sum required from my own pocket.”

Golan, 26, is one of the original Kulanu activists. In the past she worked in the party and served as an aide to Kahlon in the Economy Ministry. In November 2017 she replaced Kahlon’s senior adviser David Etzioni. Golan is Kahlon’s close assistant and often accompanies him. Because of her new job Golan left her home in Be’er Sheva and moved to Haifa, about 550 meters from Kahlon’s house, and she leaves and returns with him.

The adviser received a car from the government in 2016, and transferred it to the use of her brother, Ilai. Her brother caused a traffic accident at the time, but Golan continued to give him the car, and in 2018 he was involved in another accident that resulted in a total loss for the car. As a result the Finance Ministry discovered that the car was being used by Golan’s brother, contrary to civil service rules, which forbid a civil service employee from giving the car to his brothers or sisters. Golan returned 21,000 shekels to the government from her own pocket to pay for the damage to the car.

In a commisison investigation, it was discovered that after she moved to Haifa, the car was used by an anonymous person in the Be’er Sheva area, as became clear from sample data collected by the Vehicles Division.