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Uber drives a wedge between Bibi and Israel's transportation minister

The dispute between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz over approving the entrance of ride-sharing app Uber to the Israeli market revealed a power struggle between the two men.
The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid on December 10, 2014. A Madrid judge has ordered U.S.-based online car booking company Uber to cease operations in Spain, the latest ban on the popular service. Taxi drivers around the world consider Uber unfairly bypasses local licensing and safety regulations by using the internet to put drivers in touch with passengers.  REUTERS/Sergio Perez  (SPAIN - Tags
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On the morning of Jan. 29, while the weekend newspaper columns were busy speculating about the political implications of the war that broke out between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, the latter put up a post on his Facebook page. His post was designed to convey confidence and productive activity, as well as to take an implied dig at Netanyahu.

“This is the way to carry out a reform,” the minister wrote. He reported that “construction of the new seaport in Ashdod is already underway, without any conditions attached.” This, he added, “is a true revolution, which will lead to competition, streamlining and reduction of the cost of living.” In a photo he attached to the post, Katz is seen against the backdrop of the Ashdod coast, flanked by top port managers.

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