Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot contends that „We are working too many hours,” and adds that „The initiative to shorten the workweek in Israel,

Yediot Aharonot contends that „We are working too many hours,” and adds that „The initiative to shorten the workweek in Israel, whether by switching Friday for Sunday as a day off, or whether by reducing working hours on one of the days in the middle of the week, is not without merit.”

Ma’ariv opines that „The fight over [the existence of] Army Radio is much wider, more principled and more substantive, and therefore it demands a general call to all those who hold dear freedom of the press in Israel.  Army Radio is only the first phase.  There are other public broadcasting channels, Israel Radio and Channel One for example, which will be targeted immediately after the success of the campaign of verbal violence currently being waged against Army Radio.”

Yisrael Hayom recalls that „Sometime after the last clash between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama it was published that the Prime Minister had intended to arrive in the US with a dramatic diplomatic plan.”  The author argues that „If the Prime Minister is convinced that he has a plan in the drawer which would serve the nation’s interests and, after its precise planning, had it with him for a meeting with the US President, he would not file it away only because Obama had gone back on his prior stance regarding the 1967 borders.”  The author declares that „This is the moment for proposing an Israeli plan that would transform the limping flotilla and a UN General Assembly decision into yesterday’s news.”

The Jerusalem Post reflects on the voting trends of Jewish Americans, and notes that “Democratic President Barack Obama can rest assured that he will receive a majority of Jewish votes in the 2012 presidential election.” The editor points out, however, that “Obama will undoubtedly continue to enjoy wide support among American Jewry, but this does not mean his Mideast policies will be good for Israel.”

Haaretz reflects on the reorganization of public transport in the greater Tel Aviv area, and notes that right of way to buses at traffic lights, dedicated bus lanes, electronic signs announcing the arrival of buses, and machines that free the driver from the job of cashier were all absent from the reform. The editor states that it has been proved once again that “false economizing is scandalously wasteful, and that there is no choice but to make a major national investment in mass transit in the greater Tel Aviv area.”