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After Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann alienated the judicial establishment by pushing for its reform, hopes were high for his replacement, the soft-spoken Yaakov Neeman. Predictably, the quarrel proved to be about power rather than personalities, and Neeman even failed to split the Attorney General’s functions as the government’s legal advisor and chief prosecutor. Under the current arrangement the Attorney General virtually controls the government, which has to abide by his opinions.

Netanyahu refused to support the split because he will soon appoint a new Attorney General, and wants the most powers for his man.

Recently a few soldiers of Samson Brigade publicly refused to take part in evictions of Jews. They were sentenced to 20 days in military prison, but also awarded $10,000 by a conservative foundation.

Now two soldiers of Nachshon Brigade are protesting their unit’s role in destroying an outpost.

Both Samson and Nachshon Brigades are prestigious units, and it takes significant courage for these young people to protest, which will result in their being demoted from combat to mundane tasks.

Many soldiers refuse to evict Jews, but normally such matters are settled quietly with their commanders.

November 2009
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