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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Bari Bar-Zion, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s candidate to replace Shmuel
Hollander as the civil service commissioner, told Netanyahu on Wednesday that he
has withdrawn his candidacy for the job due to intense and unfair criticism by
MKs and the media.
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Hollander himself was often lambasted for his work
during the 14 years held the post.
In a letter to Netanyahu over two
months after being nominated for the job, Bar-Zion said he no longer wanted the
Bar-Zion, who held numerous senior posts including in the Treasury
(when Netanyahu was finance minister) and as head of the Amin company
implementing the Wisconsin Plan welfare-to work program in Jerusalem, was
director-general of the capital’s bankrupt Bikur Cholim Hospital after it was
put into receivership and managed to balance its budget.
Bar-Zion said he
had been happy about the nomination, as he thought he could bring about major
changes in the Civil Service Commission in a way that would benefit the
He said the source of fierce criticism of his appointment was
apparently people who feared the changes he planned to make.
“I feel no
need to apologize or be ashamed from any of the things I did during my career –
the opposite is true.”
But he pulled his candidacy because he realized
that if his opponents were so vehement about the possibility of him serving, it
would be impossible for him as commissioner to function with such
“Apparently, too many people enjoy the status quo and are
willing to do almost anything” to prevent changes from being made,” he