Yesterday evening, when I was acting Speaker of the Knesset, the Knesset conducted deliberations on the topic of poverty. Most of the speakers bemoaned the cut in the government funded child stipends. “Why didn’t they cut the stipends for the millionaires?” I asked. One billion shekels are paid out every year to millionaires who receive a government stipend (called a “budgetary pension”) of over 30,000 shekels per month. That is the the data that I received from the Finance Minister.
But nobody dares to upset those millionaires; the most prominent of whom are the veterans of the justice system. Just ask former Attorney Generals Michael Ben Yair, Elyakim Rubinstein or Meni Mazuz if it is appropriate for retired AGs to receive a pension of 86,000 shekels per month. How many children could we have fed with these monthly sums, legally robbed from the public coffers?