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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press - Jan 2, 2007

(Government Press Office)
2 January 2007

Haaretz - Ma'ariv - Yediot Aharonot - Globes - Hazofe - Jerusalem Post -

The Jerusalem Post comments on the passing of the year 2006: "Nationally, 2006 was not a good year. It will be remembered as the year of the second war in Lebanon, the first war much of our nation felt it had lost. Internationally, there is also a sense that the West is not winning, and may be losing, the war against Islamo-fascism that was joined in earnest after the 9/11 attacks five years ago."

Haaretz writes: "The awarding of the Tel Aviv light rail tender to the MTS group, headed by Africa Israel, ostensibly heralds a new age of transportation. In practice, the company faces many obstacles. An effective transit system is critical in Tel Aviv, to open up the traffic blockages that exact a high economic price in Israel's urban center. There is still time to consider building a subway, and to plan a multi-branch underground system whose speed and convenience will encourage more people to give up their cars within the city. The underground rail system could still change from being merely a means of transport into the agent of historic, transportational and economic change."

Two papers comment on the Megidor Committee's recommendations on electoral reform, which were released yesterday:

Yediot Ahronot fears that the recommendations will be ignored unless, "a good and important group of VIPs in the State of Israel," pushes for them vigorously and vocally. The editors assert that, "Maybe not all of the recommendations are good. Maybe not all of them could be implemented. But there is practically no doubt that adopting them would, at least partially, stop the political corruption, distance trouble-makers from the party primaries and lead to better representation for the little guy."

Hatzofeh, in its second editorial, hopes that the recommendations will be implemented quickly. However, the editors remark that, "Usually, we are used to the conclusions of committees like this gathering dust in the State Archives and it somehow seems that this will also be the fate of the Megidor Committee recommendations."

Yediot Aharonot, in its second editorial, says that after President Katsav is indicted, the media will have to do a thorough soul-searching for having, "crucified him, way before the severity of the accusations became clear; they did not give him a chance." The editors contend that the foregoing is valid even if he is convicted and imprisoned.

Hatzofeh complains that "Approximately half of the pupils who are eligible - by law - for a daily hot meal are not receiving it due to the financial distress of the local councils."

Yediot Aharonot, in its third editorial, suggests that the New Year celebrations in Sydney were so carefree because the Australians don't have enemies like ours.

Yediot Aharonot, in its fourth editorial, eulogizes Israeli soccer legend Ya'akov Khodorov, who passed away Sunday morning at age 79.

[Eitan Haber and Nitzan Keidar wrote today's editorials in Yediot Aharonot and Hatzofeh, respectively.]


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