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Taking Out the Goat

“Taking out the goat” is a known Israeli expression. It usually means creating a false demand during negotiations, so it could be dropped later in a public display of compromise. Obviously, the whole idea of taking out the goat revolves around ego-maintenance and manipulation of public opinion.

Well, over the past few days, knowing whether Daniel Friedmann, current Minister of Justice, will remain in office when the new government swears in — is Israel’s most burning question. Is Binyamin Netanyahu truly bent on his decision, or is Prof. Friedmann the goat that has to be taken out?

Photo: Michael Kramer

Photo: Michael Kramer

Either way, the implications are very serious, and the answer should probably clear up in the next few days.

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