Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot refers to reports in yesterday’s newspapers to the effect that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has requested a double bed and no stopovers for his flight to Canada later this week.  The author asserts that „Heads of state, presidents and prime ministers work hard and a lot, and they deserve comfortable sleep and work conditions, even in the air.  As far as state expenditures are concerned, this is a small outlay.”
Ma’ariv believes that „Whoever is really jealous of their privacy should not post excessive information about themselves on the Internet, especially not on sites such as Facebook, the purpose of which is to share information.”
Yisrael Hayom discusses the flotilla of boats bent on reaching the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.  The author says that „There is no genuine siege of Gaza,” and cites the various supplies that are regularly admitted to the Strip.  The paper urges its readers to realize that „Hamas  is uninterested in the welfare of Gaza’s residents but in building up its own power, which is directed – first and foremost – against those living under its radical Islamic terrorist regime and, of course, against Israel,” and bids those on the flotilla to remember Gilad Shalit, „who is being held in brutal conditions that strongly  contrast with the conditions that Hamas prisoners receive in Israeli prisons.”  The author declares that „The organizers of the flotilla are not motivated by humanitarian concerns but by the desire to embarrass Israel and hurt its ability to defend itself against terrorism.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the bill proposed by former Histadrut, Chairman MK Amir Peretz to raise the minimum wage, and warns that it really could lead to layoffs, reduced production and stalled growth. Despite this, the editor urges the government to take the measures necessary to fight Israel’s high poverty rates and the huge gaps between rich and poor, such as negative income tax and training the workforce to perform skilled work. The editor believes that „As that trend accelerates, productivity will rise and so will wages. As a result, fewer workers will need politicians like Amir Peretz to push for an unrealistically high minimum wage.”
Haaretz understands Australia’s decision to expel the Mossad representative in that country in protest of alleged use of forged Australian passports in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, and hopes that „the highest levels of both the government and the defense establishment are taking the expulsion of the Mossad representatives from Britain and Australia seriously and drawing all the necessary conclusions from the aftermath of the assassination in Dubai.” The editor censures the government for „gambling with so valuable a strategic asset as its foreign relations.”