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  7/31/2011, Tammuz 29, 5771

Treasury General Director Shani Quits


In what may be seen as the first governmental casualty of the recent mass protests on high prices, the General Director of the Finance Ministry, Haim Shani, resigned Sunday morning. In a statement, Shani said that he had resigned because of differences of opinions with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz over how to respond to demands of tent-city protesters and others demanding social change.

“Our difference of opinion on substantial issues, which have continued for a long time, and the way things have been handled brought me to this decision,” Shani wrote in the statement. “The events of recent days have exacerbated the problems that I described, and strengthen my belief that under the current circumstances I cannot fulfill my duties in this position as I see fit.”