MembersBenjamin Netanyahu: Prime Minister and Homeroom Teacher

Remember when as children we had to obtain a hall pass to be absent from or leave the classroom, even to use the restroom?

By Yossi Aloni |
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky/POOL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself compelled to enforce similar restrictions on cabinet meetings in Jerusalem.

According to new government protocols, Israeli government ministers are forbidden to be absent from cabinet meetings without first obtaining authorization. Similarly, no minister may get up and leave a cabinet meeting without permission.

In informing the ministers of the new rules, Cabinet Secretary Tzahi Braverman wrote: “Recently, cases of ministers not showing up for or leaving meetings in progress have increased. Benjamin Netanyahu: Prime Minister and Homeroom Teacher Government meetings are mandatory and take precedence over any other concerns. Absence is to be permitted only with prior approval by the government secretariat.”

Netanyahu had tried to resolve the problem via less official means earlier in the year, when he scolded cabinet ministers in a letter reading: “Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in the number of ministers who don’t show up for cabinet meetings, usually without prior notice or reason. In order to avoid any unpleasantness, I request full attendance at government meetings going forward.”

The issue came to a head...

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