Meet Israel’s possible next Finance minister, Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg’s entry into politics has been somewhat of a baptism of fire. Since the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni announced that he would join their party as a finance ministry candidate, the respected Argentine-born economist has been pilloried from the left as a neo-liberal capitalist and from the right as a socialist. He’s even faced trouble from within his own party, whose top MKs come from a decidedly more socialist worldview; many of them were absent when he presented the party’s socio-economic platform.

In a Wednesday interview with the Jerusalem Post, Trajtenberg fought back on perceptions that the party lacked unity, staked out his economic ideology in his own terms, and delved into the rationale behind his ambitious economic plan, starting with housing.


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