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Opinion: Minister of Transport, less poses and more professional appointments

It is no coincidence that Merav Michaeli began her tenure by train (she learned from Netanyahu).

It is no coincidence that she also appointed a political director general to the Ministry of Transportation. But we do not need pictures, we must do


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Yaakov Tzalal, Autonews

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 23:06 Updated: Wednesday, 21 July 2021, 12:32

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The public career of the Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, MK Merav Michaeli (Labor), consists largely of a media presence. , A bus line in Jerusalem or line 3 in Nahariya?

Maybe because Benjamin Netanyahu, the former prime minister, did the same?

Perhaps because the train provides an ideal location for quality photography: the carriages are wide, you can stand and talk to public transport users and show interest.

The train is used by Michaeli's potential voters, the middle class, whose cars crowd the parking lots near the train stations every morning, and his people make their way between Haifa and Tel Aviv and between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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But if the Minister of Transport is really interested in the fate of public transport users, if she puts them in the forefront of her mind, these are the bus lines she has to travel.

And not just in one, but in a combination of lines, to examine how to get from point A to B through point C and D, how long the journey takes, how long the transitions from one bus to another take, what is the quality of the bus stops.

Every public transport user knows: a train is a luxury, a bus is a torture (recently the minister said that she used public transport and walking twice a week as a means of mobility).

This train is luxurious, every public transport user will tell you, a bus is torture (Photo: Reuven Castro)

The match does not matter, the main thing is to have a CEO

In order to improve the service, Minister Michaeli chose to appoint Michal Frank, a bureaucrat in various bureaucracies in the past, valued, successful as she may be, without any knowledge and experience in transportation. While Michaeli has no expectation that she will have knowledge and experience in transportation, The firm, probably in light of the challenges we face, needs to be a professional in the field of transportation.

But Michaeli, like her predecessor in office, chose to bring in an appointment that is primarily a political appointment (that is, one that has nothing to do with transportation and the reasons for the appointment are hidden from view), even though there were at least two or three potential candidates for the office. In the areas in which the firm deals, and which no one would have picked up, Mono charged him for the position.

Professional and valued, just not in the field of transportation.

Ministry of Transportation Director General Michal Frank (Photo: Official Website, None)

not alone

Frank should be noted is not alone.

A significant part of Israel's transportation is currently managed by non-professionals. Since he was appointed chairman of Nata, he has caused riots in Linkov, led to the resignation of a professional CEO (in local terms) and replaced him with a CEO who did not come from the field of transportation. No wonder the project will be launched late. who came to the job with no experience and knowledge of trains and public transport, just like most CEOs before him.

these can be excellent managers, highly qualified in their field to the original, but also such a bunch Frank, new CEO can feel a lot of knowledge, an equal lack Knowledge of transportation, which is still managed.

Yaakov Zalal is the editor of the Autonews website

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