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Shani. Protest's first victim? Photo: Tzvika Tishler
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Finance Ministry director resigns

Haim Shani hands in resignation in backdrop of widespread housing protest, citing 'fundamental difference of opinion' with Minister Steinitz

Tani Goldstein
Published: 07.31.11, 10:35 / Israel Business

Finance Ministry Director-General Haim Shani has resigned his post in the backdrop of the ongoing housing protest on Sunday. According to Treasury estimates, the protestors' demands total NIS 60 billion to be invested in education and housing. This will constitute a 20% increase in the state's budget.


In his letter of resignation, addressed to Minister Yuval Steinitz, Shani wrote that his decision was made due to "a longtime fundamental difference of opinion and manner of daily work patterns."


He further stated, "Recent events illustrate the problems I have outlined and support my view that under the current circumstances I cannot fulfill my role as Finance Ministry director as I see fit."


Steinitz appointed Shani as Ministry director-general in 2009. Before this he served as CEO of Nice Technologies.



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