Haim Tzach
Abraham Hirchson
Haim Tzach

Finance minister: I’m being threatened

Hirchson tells attorney-general he, his family are under threat; vows to continue economic reform and share economic wealth with the poor

Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson told the Caesarea forum on Wednesday that threats had been made against him and his family for a series of economic reforms planned by his ministry.


Hirchson complained to Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz about threat he had received from unnamed elements.


"I am being followed and people are trying to harm myself and my family. It is inconceivable that threats and pressure can harm a minister and his family," he said.


Hirchson said he will push through with planned economic reforms even if the threats intensify.


"We are about to find a thorough and intensive solution to poverty and social gaps in the country," the finance minister said.


'Services instead of welfare'


"Caring for growth has succeeded, but we need to implement a new way of thinking. Israeli society today is a fast-growing tree but is suffering from illnesses," he said.


Hirchson said the treatment of Israel’s poor will be based on offering services rather than welfare allowances, the continued growth in the workforce, specific treatment of certain sectors and investment in education.


Former Finance Minister Avraham Shochat said in response to Hirchson’s claims of threat against him “if this is in fact true, the attorney general (Menachem Mazuz) must look into it immediately.


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