09.08.2011 09.Aw-Elul, 5771 Tischa BeAw
Given the inflexible nature of the civil service, privatizing social services is sometimes the government's only option.
Isaac Herzog is contending for the Labor Party chairmanship on the social ticket. His liberal positions, along with his long term as social affairs minister, have made him an outstanding social advocate and one of the politicians who have fared well amid the middle-class protest.
However, Herzog is also one of Israel's fathers of privatization. Moreover, he is also the standard-bearer for the most sensitive, problematic privatizations – social services. As social affairs minister, he led the ministry's policy of moving as many operations as possible from ministry hands into the hands of non-profits. Now, a large part of Israel's welfare activity is being carried out by non-profits, supervised and budgeted by the Social Affairs Ministry….