People say that PM Netanyahu accepts the advice of the person who last spoke with him. Lately that seems to be Justice Minister Neeman, whose plan to stack the judicial appointments committee has died a natural death.
Bill seeks to invalidate results of democratic elections held by the Bar Association to choose its representatives to the Committee selecting Supreme Court justices.
As the year comes to an end, the public's attention keeps being drawn to the prime minister, whose opponents want to pin the blame on him for Haredi exclusion of women, and whose allies are about to re-introduce a bill to delay Yair Lapid's entry into politics.
Netanyahu's aides think that the recent massive media coverage of various manifestations of violence and discrimination against women are part of a plot to topple him.
The issue is not which aide approved the embarrassing tribute to Netanyahu at the Carmel fire memorial ceremony - it's why the prime minister apparently felt the platitudes were necessary.
In the last year, Middle Eastern leaders have been ousted and denounced, have been slaughtered or have engaged in slaughter. The response of Israel's premier has been to become more entrenched in his own views - and in passivity, as Tzipi Livni puts it.
Coalition members bring down the ax on the channel, sending its workers to the unemployment line because of a minor technicality.
In setting Likud's primary in January, Netanyahu will neutralize his main party rival and consolidate power ahead of possible early elections. In the process, he may have forced Livni's hand as well.
Following Gilad Shalit's release, and with a Labor primary in the past, the prime minister isn’t going to pass on an opportunity to strengthen his hold at home.
Sources close to Vice Prime Minister Shalom say the Likud strongman will object PM's move to schedule the party primaries on January 31, in less than two months.