Netanyahu’s coalition conundrums and the pitfalls that lie ahead

A dozen years ago, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was finance minister, he coined a memorable parable about a fat man riding on the back of a thin man.

The fat man was the bloated public sector, which he put on a diet when he controlled the Treasury. The thin man was the small private sector, which he wanted to strengthen by cutting taxes.

Fast-forward to 2015, and a fat man is piggybacking on a thin man again.


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