On Monday, Amichai Chikli relinquished his position as the Social Equality Minister, intending to limit spending on the number of government offices, the continued operation of which has come under renewed inspection since the beginning of the war. But Amichai Chikli will continue serving as the diaspora affairs minister.
Last January a great number of ministers and deputy ministers resigned from the Knesset due to the expansion of the Norwegian Law. Their positions as MKs were taken by the members of their parties.
The war began on October 7 when almost 3000 Hamas militants stormed the border with Israel, causing mass killings of 1200 people and kidnapping of 240 including most civilians. The supplementary budget for the year 2023 to cover the ongoing tragic incidents and fighting in Gaza has faced brutal criticism for allocating or granting funding to government ministers and projects that are not connected to the war effort.
According to Channel 12 news, in a letter to the Prime Minister of Israel, Amichai Chikli wrote,” On the eve of the upcoming budget year and with the understanding that we are facing tremendous economic challenges, I believe it’s necessary to make adjustments to the structure of the government ministries.”
To the letter Amichai Chikli also added that as such, he was relinquishing his position as social equality minister, and in addition, he was requesting to return to renew his term as a member of the Knesset to reduce further costs.
According to the reports of Hebrew media, it is expected that Minister May Golan of Likud will be the new Social Equality Minister. Since the tragic happenings of October 7, Amichai Chikli is the third minister to step down from his ministerial position. Similarly, Likud’s Galit Distel-Atbaryan had resigned from the position of public diplomacy minister, recognizing that her ministry had been unnecessary, powerless and a waste of public money. Despite having a name for herself as a right-wing commentator and loyalist of Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, Galit said that she has burning anger against the Prime Minister for his part in the failure that led to the brutal killings of October 7.
In another case, Religious Zionism Michal Woldiger made it public that she was resigning as the deputy finance minister intending to divert her office’s budget and resources to assist in the war. She also said that she wanted to free up her own time to visit and aid those traumatized by the tragic incidents of October 7.