We do things differently here

So it appears. For example, let’s talk about our new government. What does Haviv Rettig Gur, writing at the Times of Israel, have to say about the topic:

“And it is true that Israel’s new government, its 34th in 67 years, takes some explaining. The list of seemingly incoherent appointments is a long one. The minister of justice has no background in law, the minister of science none in science, the minister of tourism is also in charge of the police and prisons. There is a full minister in the Communications Ministry, but he’s not the communications minister; that title is reserved for the prime minister, who is also the minister of health (but promises not to act as such) and of foreign affairs, a portfolio effectively leaderless at a time of growing diplomatic tensions. The absorption minister is also the strategic affairs minister, while the transportation minister is also in charge of a newly christened “Intelligence Ministry.” And on and on.”

And if you think that’s bad, try this out:

“Billions of shekels are now promised to the Education Ministry and various welfare agencies — not because anyone sat down and worked out what exactly was needed in each place, but because ministers demanded it as a condition for taking their posts. Countless millions are now being promised to the police, if only Erdan [Likud’s number two, Gilad Erdan] agrees to join the government. If Erdan chooses to stay out, in a flagrant challenge to Netanyahu’s authority, then by the magical logic of coalition-building the Israel Police apparently no longer need the money.”

As we speak, presumably there are teams of consultants from the Israeli Police, camped outside Erdan’s office, giving him 1,001 reasons why he must – absolutely must – join the government.

The situation is not good. It does not make for good government, and it seems a miracle that anything is achieved in this chaotic environment. But stuff is achieved. Yes, we do things differently here.

Read it all, and wonder.

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