Thursday, September 28, Professor Manuel Trachtenberg advised the head of the parliamentary opposition Isaac Herzog, and the head of the party «Avoda» AVI Gabaa of his intention to leave the Knesset.
In his Facebook Professor Trachtenberg wrote that he was leaving politics to return to academic work. «I intend to dedicate myself to the study of the main socio-economic problems facing us, in order to achieve a prosperous, cohesive and more just society in Israel of the 21st century.»
Professor Trachtenberg also promised to continue to support the «Zionist camp» and to help the new leader of the labor party AVI Gabay to achieve the desired change.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon has accepted with regret the news about the decision of Professor Manuel trachtenberg to retire from politics. «Professor Trachtenberg is one of the outstanding professionals with whom I consulted since his appointment as Finance Minister — said Moshe Kahlon. — No matter what position he may hold, his contribution to the Israeli economy and for the benefit of the citizens of the Jewish state can hardly be overestimated: as the head of the National Council for the economy, and as the head of the Commission trachtenberg. The resignation of Professor Manuel trachtenberg is a huge loss for the Israeli policy. I am confident that he will continue to share experience and to help the Israeli economy and the country’s population».
Professor Manuel Trachtenberg became known to the General public after in 2011, headed a Commission created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Wake of «social protest.» Trachtenberg is the founder of the National Council for the economy. In the past he headed the Commission for planning and budget of the Council for higher education.
He was elected to the Knesset, 20th convocation as the Deputy from the block «Zionist camp».
Note that in June of 2016 in an interview with NEWSru.co.il Professor Trachtenberg gave to understand that he is disappointed with the work in the Knesset. He said that before entering politics he had the opportunity to influence government decisions. «Before entering politics I was there, where were made and implemented decisions, whether in the Commission on the funding of universities, be it in the economic Council. And was suddenly a member of the opposition. I find a lot of areas and in the opposition, but it is not the same as to be in positions where you can really act,» he said in an interview.
Recall that at the recent primaries in the «Labor» Trachtenberg supported Amir Peretz, who lost in the elections AVI Gabay.
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