Yediot Aharonot comments on the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and asserts that “Everyone knows what needs to happen so that a cold peace prevails, which will lead to mutually beneficial neighborly relations and eventually to friendship. There will be no right of return, and they will not receive Jerusalem, and they know it. There will be a territorial compromise, settlements will be evacuated, and we know it.”
Ma’ariv believes that “The early change back to standard time is the straw that is likely to break the back of the working secular public and cause it to finally come out and oppose the continuing injustice,” of what the author deems to be the preponderant and overweening influence of the religious parties.
Yisrael Hayom discusses the effect of the latest spate of rocket-fire from the Gaza Strip on the peace talks. The author says that “The upsurge of firing at the Negev, including the use of Palestinian phosphorus shells, which will not find their way into any UN reports, puts the sides back into a familiar bind. Abu Mazen fears Hamas’s opposition and Netanyahu will be unable for long to continue reacting so mildly.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the caustic criticism of the press issued by the Nazareth District Court judges at the end of the Rada trial, which involved the murder of a 13-year-old pupil in her school, and points out that “in this instance of ‘trial-by-the-press,’ it wasn’t the defendant who was on the receiving end of what the court all-too-plainly considered to be inordinate and misdirection journalistic attention, but the quality of police work.” The editor specifies many instances where media outcry proved beneficial, and declares that in this case at least, “The police itself is hardly innocent.”
Haaretz notes that “Israeli students are an indifferent community. While throughout the world students spearhead public campaigns, in Israel their struggle has narrowed to tuition levels.” Nevertheless, the editor adds, “when students shake off their indifference and want to demonstrate against what they see as injustice, the university administration rises against them and puts them on trial.”