Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

The Jerusalem Post comments:

 „A new batch of recordings released by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum provides further evidence of former US president Richard Nixon’s animosity toward Jews and other minorities. Perhaps so. Whatever the case, Nixon’s readiness to come to Israel’s aid at a time of dire need, his appreciation that this was an American interest, has an ongoing relevance, underlining the critical mutual importance of the Israeli-American strategic alliance.”
Yediot Aharonot refers to the recent statement in which various rabbis ban renting or selling apartments to Arabs and declares that, „This is a document full of distortions and demagoguery that has nothing to do with Jewish law.” The paper claims that the statement’s authors tendentiously and selectively quoted various Jewish sources and avers that, „In the current context, two conclusions arise here: First, municipal rabbis are civil servants and any preaching to violate the laws of the state requires that they be dismissed (by the way, the rule of law is a religious value). Second, whoever interprets the sources of Jewish law in such a distorted and immoral manner, whoever is so severely detached from reality and the values of Israeli society, is seriously impaired in his ability to consider Jewish law and is unfit for any rabbinical post.”
Ma’ariv calls for a state commission of inquiry into the Carmel fire in order to „draw urgent conclusions against those who were responsible – both in Government and in the field – for the continuing failure, thoroughly investigate the distorted structure of the fire service and enforce reforms on all the relevant interested parties.” The editor says that State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss’s severe report on the fire services „only proves that a serious commission of inquiry is needed,” and believes that „No proposal to re-organize and promote greater efficiency will work in practice unless it is compelled.”
Haaretz writes: „Kadima’s Tzipi Livni has for two years proudly borne the empty title of opposition leader. The weakness of the opposition is especially evident when compared to the behavior of the government, which provides almost daily opportunities for harsh criticism. Livni will not gain from meetings with the U.S. secretary of state, like the one held over the weekend, but by convincing Israeli citizens that she can lead them. The longer she continues as a weak opposition leader, the less she will look like a proper candidate for prime minister.”
Yisrael Hayom says that those in the Labor Party, such as Minister Yitzhak Herzog, who would like to unseat Party Chairman Ehud Barak and hold primaries by mid-2011, will have their work cut out for them, as long as Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini do not join their cause. The author also criticizes Minister Herzog’s call for Israel to indicate, and not budge from, the future border between it and a future Palestinian state. The paper believes that it would be folly for Israel to adopt a position that leaves it no room to maneuver and to agree on borders without discussing refugees and declaring an end to the conflict.


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