Yediot Aharonot asks: „How is it that for over 40 years, Ramot Eshkol, Gilo, Ramot, Pisgat Zeev, etc. have been built in Jerusalem,
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press
Yediot Aharonot asks: „How is it that for over 40 years, Ramot Eshkol, Gilo, Ramot, Pisgat Zeev, etc. have been built in Jerusalem, without a hue and cry (at least not a noisy one), and approximately 250,000 people live in these places today? Is there a difference between those who always knew how to do and not talk, and those who want to – and can – do, but talk, talk, talk?”
Ma’ariv calls for the formation of a Likud-Kadima-Labor government in response to „the crisis between Israel and the US,” and the challenges posed by the Palestinians and Iran.
Yisrael Hayom comments on the deaths of Maj. Eliraz Peretz and St.-Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky in a clash with terrorists last Friday and says that the Jewish People „is now being put to a severe test that will decide where its heart is and where it is going.” The author wonders whether we will identify more with the Peretz and Sviatkovsky families, for whom „the words ‘national honor’ are not a cause for embarrassment’,” or with Herzliya high school in Tel Aviv, „whose principal, Dr. Zeev Degani, closes its doors to IDF officers who wish to explain the importance of service,” and „those students from a high school in Tel Aviv, who – several hours before Eliraz fell – refused to sing the song ‘I Have No Other Country’ at one of their ceremonies?”
The Jerusalem Post criticizes the government’s shortsighted focus on water-management contingencies, which pawns our future and potentially jeopardizes our independence. The editor calls on the government to construct plentiful water desalinization facilities, and states: „May our biggest worry – theoretical now, anyway – be excessive desalination. Better an embarrassment of riches than dehydration.”
Haaretz comments on the US administration’s apparent lack of trust in PM Netanyahu, and calls on the government to ” adopt the American demands or risk breaking up. It is not a question of prestige and national pride, but of existence.”