Politics is a particularly gruesome profession. Just hours after being discharged from the hospital, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was forced to appear at a news conference as if everything was all right, as if he had not fallen ill just two days prior.
Steinitz told his press conference audience that the doctors sent him home with a whopping dose of antibiotics. But the truth is that he should have asked for many more ointments, antibiotics and other pills to help him recover from the humiliation he suffered at the hands of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for the umpteenth time.
Steinitz objected to all the measures announced at yesterday's press conference. He did not want to bow to pressure from within his own party or beyond. He did not want to reduce gasoline prices nor to address now the issue of the minimum wage. Nor did he think it prudent to increase state subsidies for public transportation at this time.
The entire Finance Ministry budget division agreed with him. Only a little more than a month has passed since it pushed through its vaunted state budget that it boasted about, so why the urgent need to change it? Whatever happened to credibility and stability?
But Netanyahu could not stand the pressure. He was terrified of Histadrut labor federation chairman Ofer Eini, Israel Manufacturers Association chairman Shraga Brosh and Union of Local Authorities chairman Shlomo Buhbut - and of his Likud colleagues. That is why he decided to "do something for the benefit of the people." Steinitz had no choice but to bite the bullets and then tell the reporters at the press conference how tasty they were.
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