The senior personnel in the Finance Ministry weren’t especially fond of the previous minister, Yisrael Katz (Likud). Some of them even made fun of him among themselves – for example, following a meeting with the ministry’s management, when he sought to understand an odd phenomenon he’d noticed. It turned out that a members of a vocation that was seemingly especially hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 – namely taxi drivers, many of them Likud supporters – had told Katz that they were actually very pleased with the government’s policy of extensive grants. Well, obviously, the senior officials thought: The taxi drivers enjoyed the best of all possible worlds. They received the grants, but some of them apparently went on working and earning money that they didn’t report.
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