The straw that finally broke the camel’s back

Science, Technology and Space Minister Ophir Akunis has from time to time been taken to task by the Israeli media for being too loyal a lieutenant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But when Netanyahu, who also holds the Communications portfolio, on Friday published his decision to once again amend the public broadcasting law that had already been amended and was passed last Thursday, without first informing Akunis to whom he had given responsibility for the Israel Broadcasting Authority during its period of liquidation, this was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back.

This was not the first time that Netanyahu had disappointed or humiliated Akunis, but it was the first time that Akunis had publicly taken umbrage, and had expressed his hurt by abrogating his responsibility for the IBA.


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