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Aug 31, 2020

Katz and Meridor at loggerheads in the Finance Ministry

There's a lot being made today of the resignation (possibly after being pressured to do so) of Shaul Meridor from his position int he Ministry of Finance after being in some sort of conflict with Yaakov Katz, the minister, regarding some policy matters.

Let me start off by saying, I do not really care of Meridor continues to hold his position or not. I do not know anything about his policies, nor do I know how he is in conflict with the Minister and whether he is hampering the ministers implementation of policy or not. In my opinion it is fair for a minister to bring his own professional people to run his ministry and implement his policies. If holdovers form the previous regime convince the minister to keep them int heir positions and that they will work according to the Minister's policies, that is also fine. Ergo, his resignation, even if forced, does not bother me. Nor did it bother me until now that he kept his job. Nor would it bother me if he would continue to keep his job. I don't really care. I have no skin in that game - it is not like he is competing for the job against me or my friend.

That being said, I would just point out that while Meridor is a holdover from the previous government and minister, that previous government was a Netanyahu-led right wing government. And so was the one before that. And the one before that. Meridor is not a holdover form last years leftist socialist government. he is a holdover form Netanyahu's right wing governments. I highly doubt the differences are overly significant. 

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  1. Is this the Meridor who was imprisoned in Gilgil (Kenya)? A good friend of PM Begin. Or a son?

  2. he is the son of Dan Meridor. I dont know anything about the imprisonment you referenced

    1. I guess yaakov meridor was imprisoned in gilgil.


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