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Netanyahu Is Handling the Coronavirus Crisis Like a Sole Ruler

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A day after he presented the economic assistance plan to deal with the coronavirus crisis – an unprecedented plan that will cost 80 billion shekels ($22.1 billion) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made another announcement on live TV about a Passover grant to be paid to every child and elderly person. “I decided, together with the finance minister, to give a special grant for Passover,” he said, like a grandfather announcing the prize for the child who stole the afikomen.

The total outlay for this grant will be 2 billion shekels and economic assessments, along with common sense, suggest that this is a waste of public funds. But common sense isn’t relevant when decisions are made by Netanyahu over the head of the Finance Ministry, and without consulting with any ministry officials. The prime minister simply........

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