Micha Harish 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Interim Labor chairman Micha Harish surprised his party’s MKs recently when he
requested that the party, which has a NIS 30 million debt, pay him a large
When Harish was appointed on January 23, party officials
assumed that Harish, like former Labor chairmen, would not take a salary during
the seven months that he was leading the party.
Harish, a former minister
of industry and trade, reportedly made a fortune over the past 15 years as a
consultant and mediator in the telecommunications industry via his companies,
Harish Enterprises Ltd and Telecorp Communications. He also receives a hefty
pension – reportedly of more than NIS 20,000 a month – from the state as a
former minister who was in the Knesset for 22 years.
asked Labor to pay him the salary and benefits of a Knesset member, which
amounts to NIS 34,000 a month. As a compromise, the eight remaining Labor MKs
agreed to pay him 75 percent of that, NIS 25,500 a month.
official said it was understandable that Harish would ask for a salary because
he had left his post as chairman of the National Theater Council for a full-time
job rehabilitating the party. But MKs said in private conversations that they
should have made clear from the start that they were looking for a
“I was shocked that he asked for money,” one MK said after
reading about the salary in Yediot Aharonot
. “If he is indeed a wealthy man,
then this is a real problem, because Labor is in such bad shape
The MK said he would raise the issue in the next Labor
Harish did not answer repeated calls on Tuesday.