admission of total failure

In most normal democracies, when a Finance Minister admits in an interview to an almost total failure in his job, it would set alarm bells ringing.

If the interview was published 3 weeks before an election, chances are it would lose his party the election, no matter how strong the party’s standing was.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz made these admissions last week – yet his party is still a sure thing to win the election on the 22nd of January.

“…The social situation in Israel is not good and there is much that should be improved. There is poverty, and there are wide and unacceptable social gaps, and the criticism of them is partly justified,” said Steinitz. “Criticism of us as a government is proper, but we are acting correctly, and we will succeed in future in correcting and improving the situation…”


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