Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Two papers discuss various aspects of the temporary suspension of new construction permits and starts in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria:
 


Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press


Two papers discuss various aspects of the temporary suspension of new construction permits and starts in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria:
 
Yediot Aharonot reminds its readers that „The construction freeze that Netanyahu has declared throughout Judea and Samaria is a step that even Olmert, Barak and Peres did not take,” and asks, „Why freeze, for example, in the Etzion Bloc, Ariel and its environs, Maaleh Adumim and additional areas that will remain within Israel forever, even according to President Bush’s letter to Sharon?  Why needlessly aggravate residents about whose future there is no controversy?  They are within the Israeli consensus.”
 
Ma’ariv declares that „The settlers’ attitude towards the Government of Israel’s decision to freeze settlements presents Netanyahu with a leadership challenge,” and believes that „Netanyahu has reached a test of the kind that determined the stature of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin – the supreme test of the rule of law in a free democracy.”
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Yisrael Hayom refers to Iran’s stated intention to open ten additional uranium enrichment facilities and says that „Since this will not take place any time soon, the symbolic and practical meaning of the statement is clear – Iran has decided to put the world to the test.”  The author also believes that Iran „is thumbing its nose at the negotiations and presenting those countries, but especially the US, with the need to decide what to do next – give in to Iranian obduracy and allow it to become a nuclear power or embark on a struggle against it.”  The paper suggests that the problem in taking diplomatic against Iran, including the imposition of stiffer sanctions, is the reluctance of nations such as Russia, India and China to jeopardize potentially lucrative commercial and energy ties with Tehran.  The author speculates that given the foregoing, Israel and the US will be forced to reconsider possible military options against Iran, in the near future.
The Jerusalem Post discusses the Gilad Schalit deal, the details of which have not been made public, and protests the fact that the government is not releasing any specifics of the exchange. The editor feels that „Denied information, the Israeli public is being denied the opportunity for open, comprehensive debate on an issue that potentially affects us all,” and adds that „All Israelis will potentially be affected by the repercussions of a deal to free Schalit – and, for that matter, by a decision not to proceed with such a deal. Whether we agree or not to the price that is being demanded, we have the right to know, in good time, exactly what that price is.”
Haaretz calls on the government to crack down on settler lawlessness, and states that „A government that demands that the Palestinian Authority ensure law and order among the Palestinians in the West Bank is not allowed to be sympathetic to the organized lawlessness of the Jewish residents there.”