Netanyahu has turned from praised leader into flinching pleaser

19.11.2011                      22.Cheschwan. 5772                      Chaje Sarah

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Netanyahu has turned from praised leader into flinching pleaser

A month ago, he was the people's hero, when he brought home kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Now Benjamin Netanyahu is the punching bag, being battered by different political interests, stepping in late and coming out empty-handed.

One month ago, on October 18, Gilad Shalit was freed from captivity in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was waiting to embrace him. He got his right-wing government to approve, by a huge majority, the difficult decision to redeem Shalit for hundreds of terrorists. He gained points with the Israeli center, which is not part of his electoral base.
Now, in mid-November, Netanyahu is rocking back and forth between other people's agendas. Hundreds of doctors are quitting the public health system, some for life overseas and some for private medicine, and he is doing nothing. But he blocked the bill drafted by Likud MKs Zeev Elkin and Yariv Levin that would let the Knesset hold hearings for Supreme Court justice candidates. "This isn't going to happen," he declared. "This bill will not pass in my government. The Supreme Court's independence is above all."…