In a rare show of unity, Israel's
economic leaders met on November 14, 2001, and
established a task force that will design a package deal
for the economy, to cope with economic deterioration and
a wave of strikes.
The deal calls for a possible freeze of public sector
wages, a cessation of layoffs in industry, a reduction
in interest rates, and subsidies for industry.
Minister of Finance Silvan Shalom was delighted with the
meeting. Apart from himself, the participants were
Bank of Israel Governor David Klein, Manufacturers
Association head Oded Tyrah, and Histadrut Chairman Amir
There it is: money, big government, big business, and
big labor, the cornerstones of the fascist economy.
But not everyone is equal in the fascist state.
Some are more equal than others. In this case,
Histadrut rules the roost. Peretz warned that any
deal will not be "on
economy belongs to the workers. Governments rise
and fall, but the workers remain constant."
Not to be muscled, Klein warned that interest rates
depended on Shalom producing a realistic budget, not one
based on pie-in-the-sky projected growth of 4% in 2001.
For his part, Tyrah wants subsidies to keep the
Why was Silvan Shalom delighted with the meeting?
in this age of globalism, multi-national corporations,
capitalism, and markets, that Israel can remain true to
its economic heritage: the fascist state lead by the