With the average time span of Israeli ministers of less than two years and often not even one, who controls the country? The political appointees who shuffle between various government offices are professional in neither field. Their time in offices doesn’t allow them to learn and steer the ministries. Newcomers scrap pet programs of their predecessors to assert their own power. The parties’ nominees assume ministerial positions to get bribes and PR benefits; the rotation signals: you have stolen enough, let me. The real power rests with long-time director-generals and bureaucracy. Even bribes are mostly channeled through bureaucrats; the ministers, ever fearful of the police, take bribes from the close circle only.

Israeli socialism was conducive to forming bureaucratic state. Bureaucracy is empowered with the socialist hands-on economic management, totalitarian regulation, monopolies, and trade unions. Economic win or loss became dependent on connections rather than skills or luck. Bureaucracy is pro-left because the left regulates a lot. Ministers from conservative parties are sabotaged and mostly fail. Bureaucracy cemented an alliance with leftist courts and the security services historically manned by leftist appointees.

Thus the backlash against Jewish settlers and especially Noar Gvaot, the people who moved into the hills of Judea and Samaria to live semi-nomadic lives outside of the Israeli jurisdiction. They set a dangerous precedent of escaping the bureaucratic embrace. Totalitarian states have to control every citizen; when the pressure of government oppression runs sufficiently high, even a small hole allows many to escape and still more to admire them.

Economic deregulation down to free market level will destroy bureaucratic state and its political cover, the leftism. Deregulation should not be confused with privatization which passes ownership to oligarchs but leaves the controls over monopolist enterprises in bureaucracy’s hands. Breaking up monopolists, deregulating industries, and rising commercial competition to government enterprises must precede privatization.

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