For Justice Minister Neeman, Israel’s law is Netanyahu’s law

06.01.2012                      11.Tewet. 5772


For Justice Minister Neeman, Israel's law is Netanyahu's law

He shocks his cabinet colleagues with about-faces, disagrees with his ministry's staff and dismays law professors by not defending the court and judicial systems more vociferously.

Two weeks ago, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman packed a bag and headed off for a skiing holiday in the French Alps village of La Tania with his wife Hadassah and three of their 33 grandchildren. They stayed at an Alpine-style village inn at an elevation of 1,400 meters, with direct access to the slopes. The resort guests, who include religious Israeli Jews, have at their disposal a strictly kosher kitchen, a synagogue with a Torah scroll, ski passes and the hotel's pool.
Skiing is Neeman's main hobby, and he goes on these vacations three times a year. When not on vacation, he gets up at 4:30 A.M. every day, prays, swims at Jerusalem's glittering David Citadel Hotel and then takes his Lexus (he's well off enough not to need a government vehicle ) to the Justice Ministry in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where he works until the late evening….