Information Department, Israel Foreign Ministry - Jerusalem
SUMMARY OF EDITORIALS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
(Government Press Office)
21 January 2007
Haaretz - http://www.haaretz.com
Ma'ariv - http://www.nrg.co.il
Yediot Aharonot - http://www.ynetnews.com
Globes - http://www.globes.co.il
Hazofe - http://www.hazofe.co.il
Jerusalem Post - http://www.jpost.com
Yediot Aharonot says that if the Cabinet fails to approve the appointment of Labor MK Raleb Majdele as Israel's first Arab minister, "This will be tantamount to a shameful blotch on us all, and - first and foremost - an additional astonishing and regrettable step regarding the personality of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert." The editors reject opposition to Majdele's appointment because it ostensibly stems from internal Labor Party politics as an ill-disguised fig-leaf for opposition to the appointment itself.
Yediot Aharonot, in its second editorial, rejects Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik's proposal that Israel adopt the American model so that senior appointments are subject to Knesset approval as being ill-suited to Israeli political and electoral norms. The editors aver that, "The thought of political horse-trading over the appointment over the selection of the IDF Chief-of-Staff and - why not, at the next stage - the President of the Supreme Court - is certainly a nightmare that must not be allowed to come true."
Yediot Aharonot, in its third editorial, refers to European media coverage of the Middle East and wonders if there us, "an illogical gap between us and the Europeans in the way we see Middle Eastern affairs."
Hatzofeh says that, "The criticism is not only from the Right," and adds that, "On the Israeli Left as well, they think that Olmert and Peretz must go home." The editors suggest that, "It is not clear if the Chief-of-Staff affair will topple a house of cards and lead to other resignations," and believe that the Israeli public would welcome new elections.
Haaretz calls for a shakeup of the educational system. Today, it appears that from kindergarten to the army, the learning capacity of the young is being wasted on very little. The classroom structure today wastes a great deal of potential and, above all, encourages mediocrity.
The Jerusalem Post criticizes Defense Minister Peretz' decision to change his previous decision permitting construction of 30 housing units for Gush Katif evacuees in Maskiot, a settlement in the Jordan Valley. Coming only one day after PM Olmert promised evacuees he would speed up their resettlement process, the decision is seen as an attempt to gain favor with several Labor party factions in the race to Party leadership and has been attacked from all sides of the political spectrum.
[Shlomo Feferblatt and Nitzan Keidar wrote today's editorials in Yediot Aharonot and Hatzofeh, respectively.]
Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/summary-of-editorials-from-hebrew-press_21.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.