Finance Minister Yair Lapid reading 370.
(photo credit: Noa Amir )
Voting on the state budget is not fun for MKs, to say the least.
are no speeches to interrupt with clever comments, just hour after hour of
responding to manual roll call votes called by the opposition to intentionally
drag out the legislative process as long as possible and exhaust the
So, how do MKs pass the time in the plenum? Some of the
government's most senior ministers brought books to read.
Binyamin Netanyahu read a biography of his idol, former UK prime minister
Winston Churchill in English, occasionally taking notes.
Minister Naftali Bennett has been known to quote Theodor Roosevelt, he chose a
different former US president to read up - in English - on during budget votes:
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Yair Lapid chose a book by a
fellow MK, Labor's Nachman Shai.
Earlier this year, Shai published Media
War: Reaching for Hearts and Minds, a book, about Israeli public diplomacy in
times of conflict.
Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz delved into
"The Wallet and the Sword," a book by former justice minister Daniel Friedmann
on the complex relationship between the judiciary and the executive and
legislative branches of Israeli government.