In the video: Minister Amsalem against Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara: "The most dangerous person for the country"/Knesset Channel
The Minister of Regional Cooperation, Dudi Amsalem, had a stormy day yesterday. He was outraged, not to mention raging, at the insistence on renewing his trial of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the war. "They let the prime minister deal with trifles. An unparalleled disgrace," he said passionately from the Knesset podium.
Amsalem is right. Netanyahu's head must be focused on fighting, and Amsalem's is focused on how to help him and the State of Israel get through it successfully, until the crushing victory.
Amsalem and Rosenbaum. Requested that the money be transferred six months ago/Image processing, Association of Municipal Corporations, Jonathan Zindel/Flash 90
But Amsalem's head has lately been too busy with how to lift the prime minister, and too little with how to serve the public and fulfill his role as a minister, especially as someone in charge of government companies. When an entire country is boiling over the continued transfer of billions of coalition funds, Amsalem is quietly incubating the two billion shekels, the dividends of government companies, which he continues to insist on not transferring to the state coffers.
Reminder: More than six months ago, Michal Rosenbaum, director of the Government Companies Authority, announced the distribution of NIS 2 billion in dividends from government companies. Amsalem refused to sign off on their transfer, because Rosenbaum opposes many of the appointments he is trying to approve on the grounds that they are political, irrelevant, and sometimes even harmful. But the time is a time of war, and if we thought that unnecessary struggles and egos were no longer relevant now, we were wrong.
Since the outbreak of the war, we have been trying to understand what on earth is holding Amsalem, the minister of regional cooperation, a minister in the Ministry of Justice, the minister of atomic energy, and the person in charge of government companies, from signing the document that releases the dividends for a second signature by the minister directly in charge of them, for example, the defense minister who is responsible for the defense companies, and transferring it to the director of the Companies Authority, who will make sure to put them in everyone's coffers. A relatively short bureaucratic procedure.
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Netanyahu is on his way to a meeting of the Likud faction this week. "Thank you for how you steer us"/Flash 90, Jonathan Zindel
Is it workload? Probably not. The minister does visit government companies, but it's hard to say that his schedule is now packed. There is no regional cooperation, the Atomic Energy Commission at Mayotte, so Amsalem spends most of his energy making sure that the prime minister feels loved and appreciated, and uses metaphors from the field of transportation along the way: "I want to thank you for how you steer us, that you are our engine. Even if there are carriages that don't work on the train, that doesn't mean the locomotive is wrong."
But the mandate for transportation is now with Miri Regev, and that of the government companies – with Amsalem. Every week, we turn to Islam to see where the money is, and the answers are evasive, puzzling, obscure, and any other description you may give to the variety of excuses issued in its vicinity.
Three weeks ago, Amsalem said the money transfer was "in progress." On the day the Walla article was published, a photo of him from a meeting with Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich was circulated, apparently as part of the same "process." Two weeks passed and we wanted to know, has the process ended? For it entails, in total, a signature on a sheet of paper.
Finance officials. The ministry insists that it is not aware of any need to coordinate the transfer of funds/Yinon Shalom Yattah
It turns out that not only is this obscure "process" still ongoing, it is now underway and parked at the Ministry of Finance: Amsalem is waiting for the Finance Ministry to issue a demand for money. We turned to the Ministry of Finance to ask why they were not issuing the requested demand. We were told that there was no need for such a requirement, because the Treasury was not a party to the matter. Amsalem has to sign and the money will be transferred.
We went back to Islam again and asked what was going on. The answer we received was, "There are here in the background obligations of the state to companies, from which even during the war it received necessary service for combat. There are many considerations on this issue, and now the matter is in full coordination with the Minister of Finance, the Accountant General and Minister Amsalem."
What is the connection between the state's debts and dividends, and the services provided by the companies to the state during the war? The distribution of dividends does not depend on anything, and certainly does not need to be coordinated with the Minister of Finance and the Accountant General. By the way, the Finance Ministry insists that it is not aware of such coordination.
So once again Amsalem drowns us in many words and does not release the two billion shekels, money that is like breathing air now. We will continue to monitor and will not relent until he releases the last of these shekels for the benefit of the fighting and the public.
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