Israel's Rookie Finance Minister Starts Under Fire

Benjamin Netanyahu hoped to be the first Israeli leader to serve as both Prime Minister and Finance Minister in his own government. But political constraints and the need to hand out ministerial posts to members of his Likud party forced him to do the next best thing by appointing himself to the newly formed position of Economic Strategy Minister and making his close ally Yuval Steinitz Finance Minister in the new Israeli government sworn in on Mar. 31.

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