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Ideally: Finance Minister

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Dec 29, 2020 at 11:03

Not that he would accept what would be a step down in prestige, a politician's ego being what it is, but finance minister would be ideal.
Netanhayu has been really great for Israel's economy in getting it out of its Socialist doldrums. Bibi gave the economy a huge shot in the arm by reducing government bureaucracy and allowing the magic of private enterprise and free trade to do its stuff. That was quite an achievement considering the Socialist and Communist background of so many of Israel's pioneers. Still, the Tax Foundation only places Israel at 25th in its annual International Competitiveness rankings for 2020, sandwiched between Japan and Korea, so there's quite a lot of room for improvement.
The presidency, an office best headed by a virtuous, boy scout-like figurehead, may be a mistake for a tarnished figure like Netanyahu, although his eloquence and outspoken defense of Israel would make him an excellent advocate.
Anyway, over time, politicians accumulate enemies the way boat bottoms attract barnacles. We'll have to see if Bibi can still float.

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