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The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman had brought an evil wind into the institution he now heads. Under the banner of “constructive criticism,” Englman, who was promoted to his current position by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without any relevant experience in law or oversight, is neutering and censoring the comptroller’s reports and emptying them of meaning.

The publication of reports already signed by his predecessor has been postponed, and not by chance. Englman changed them unrecognizably, with all sharp criticism removed. The names of those under review have been deleted, along with citations of High Court of Justice rulings and quotations from documents or emails that the State Comptroller’s Office uncovered, as well as any other facts that might shed a critical light on the work of government ministers. The........

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