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