Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Two papers discuss various aspects of the WikiLeaks affair:Yediot Aharonot says that “Double-talk, for good or ill, serves policy, diplomacy and manipulation. 


 Thus it has been since the day diplomacy was founded and diplomatic relations began.  Whoever thinks this is wrong as an international work method, and there are people who think this way, are welcome to propose an alternative for use in diplomatic and security work.  In my humble opinion, they have a better chance of winning the grand prize in the national lottery.”
Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that “According to the documents, Israel warned about Iran back in 1993,” and adds that “Those who did not see the reality, or at least refused to face up to it, were the Europeans and the Americans.”  The author asserts that “Israel has nothing to be ashamed of over what has been leaked so far.”
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Ma’ariv comments on the continuing controversy over “rebel” Shas MK Rabbi Chaim Amsalem and notes the sharp condemnation he has received from official Shas representatives.  The author acknowledges that “Rabbi Amsalem has won great admiration among the non ultra-orthodox public and other parties are courting him.”  However, the paper believes that “Beyond the appreciation of his personality and his views, hatred of Shas is also fueling this admiration.  In our eyes, he is ‘the Shas that we would want to see’ – a beacon of light piercing the darkness of the fossilized ultra-orthodox outlook and his party’s dark financial-political dealings.  But it must be said that if this had happened in other parties – if a National Union MK would announce his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state or a Meretz MK would declare his opposition to any withdrawal from Judea and Samaria – we would all demand that he return his mandate to the party on the basis of whose platform he was elected.  This must also be demanded of MK Amsalem.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the severe water shortage in Israel, and notes that “there are still untapped solutions which the government could pursue.” The editor calls on the government to introduce programs aimed at educating the public not to waste water and encouraging preventive maintenance on municipal sewage and water pipes. Furthermore, the editor calls for the implementation of Israel’s world leading water technologies at home. The editor states that “The end goal must be a sustainable, cleverly managed water economy, in which the authorities both act now and plan for the future to meet a reality where rainfall may very well never equal what it once did.”
Haaretz discusses the changeover at the helm of the Mossad,  and worries that the agency’s ‘closed door’ policy does not allow for sufficient public oversight on issues concerning the process of appointing a new head, nor on his performance. The editor declares that “This must also be addressed during the changeover.”

 

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