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Who will Michal Waldiger be missed? A departure that echoes the culture of nothingness - voila! money

2023-10-27T06:57:48.171Z

Highlights: Deputy Minister of Finance Michal Waldiger has resigned from her post. The resignation echoes the culture of nothingness in the government, writes Reuven Castro. Waldiger's reasons for resigning are also as far-fetched as her tenure as deputy minister. There are six other deputy ministers who lack understanding and authority, Castro says. The government of Israel can live without them and return a handsome sum to the state coffers, he adds. The country needs every penny, Castro writes.


The deputy minister is a cordial woman with zero action. Like her, there are a number of other deputy ministers who lack understanding and authority


Waldiger. What Do You Do All Day / Reuven Castro

In almost every professional meeting in which Michal Waldiger, Deputy Minister of Finance, took part with Finance Ministry officials, there was one moment when the participants would be deeply embarrassed. Once it was an out-of-place comment on her part that indicated a lack of understanding of the material, once a question that would leave their eyebrows hanging in the air for long minutes, trying to figure out exactly what she meant.

When Waldiger announced her resignation, and received warm words for her sacred work in the field of mental health, health and welfare, the finance minister, the man who appointed her to the lofty and empty post, admittedly I smiled sourly. That's what we look like. Unnecessary and puzzling appointments in important offices, where first-rate professionals are desperately needed rather than politicians who have no idea what is being talked about around them.

She is a cordial woman, even nice. When I interviewed her for Walla, I asked what her job title was, or to put it less euphemistically, what the hell she was doing all day. "I came to this position after several conversations with the minister," she said, "and I am responsible for the social side, health, welfare and education. The Finance Ministry is not concrete, it touches many ministries, and we have outstanding professionals who work from sundown to the end of the day."

This vague answer is, of course, a collection of empty slogans and real action related to the Ministry of Finance, in the sense of "I have no idea what I'm doing there," but coalition agreements must be respected, and a deputy minister is a position with a lot of honor and a considerable cost, which we will soon reach. Waldiger's biography proves that she has quite good abilities in the social sphere, after a blessed activity for years in the field of mental health, but between that and the work in the treasury, the distance is huge.

Waldiger at a coalition formation evening, last September/official website, Sharon Revivo

For ten months, the deputy minister in the Ministry of Finance held the bureau, which cost three million shekels a year, with nine open positions that she could staff. By the way, she is not the only one. There are six others like her in the government, who can live without them and return a handsome sum to the state coffers, and we now need every penny.

If she had said that she felt the need to reimburse the state treasury for the cost of her ministry, as a sign of solidarity with the social effort, someone who could read between the lines would have understood that even a politician like her felt uncomfortable being unnecessary and costing the people of Israel a lot of money at such difficult times.

What suddenly? Her reasons for resigning are also as far-fetched as her tenure as deputy minister. She returns to being a Knesset member, "for maximum activity to rehabilitate resilience and mental health and to divert budgetary resources to the victory of the war." Hello, you're in the treasury, remember? You're the regulator and you have the power to direct the budgets to winning the war, so now you're resigning, or maybe even when you were in the office you had no authority over transferring budgets, so what on earth were you doing there?

They say he confesses and leaves Yeruham. Here there is no announcement, only a departure, but it is a departure that echoes the culture of nothingness of some of the political appointees in the government, who shamed us before and are now simply intolerable.

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Source: walla

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