Deputy Budgets Director to Become Treasury Representative in Washington

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Finance Minister Yair Lapid.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Moshe Bar Siman Tov will be appointed Israel’s minister for economic affairs in the United States. The cabinet will vote on Sunday to approve Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s choice.

Bar Siman Tov, 38, who is presently the deputy budgets director in the Finance Ministry, will replace Eli Groner as the economic attaché in Washington.

Bar Siman Tov has recently been involved in the intensive negotiations over the fate of the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. He started working in the budgets division in 2003 in the area of employment and social services, including responsibility for overseeing the budgets of the National Insurance Institute, Social Services Ministry and others. He later coordinated the budgets of the health system. He was appointed one of the ministry’s six deputy directors in 2009.

He has both a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bar Siman Tov will take up his new post in July.

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