Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

Yediot Aharonot suggests that the Israel Police has exaggerated the criminal case against entertainer Margalit Tzanani simply because she is a well-known entertainer and contends tha, „If it wasn’t about Margalit Tzanani, this would be a small case that would not interest anybody.  But since it is about a judge from ‘A Star is Born’, it allows the new Israel Police Commissioner to be a newborn star.”

Ma’ariv criticizes the involvement of the campaign to free Gilad Shalit in the social justice protest movement.  The author asks, „Would the release of Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of terrorists solve the housing, education and health problems?” and believes that „The issue of the abducted soldier has no place in the struggle for social justice.”  The paper adds that „There is a difference between demanding that the tycoons pay their debts and the return of hundreds of terrorists to the West Bank and Gaza.”

Yisrael Hayom cites a recent report by a professor of international law at Oxford, Guy Goodwin-Gill in which he criticizes the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral initiative to have the UN recognize an independent Palestinian state on various grounds [click here for the full report  ], and reminds its readers that the US has also threatened to cut off its financial assistance to the PA.

The Jerusalem Post feels that due to excessive taxation, car prices in Israel far too high. The editor states that “It is time that the government and the public seriously consider reducing taxes on the import and purchase of cars, to drive their prices down to more reasonable levels,” and adds: “Obviously, the government has gotten used to this huge revenue, but it is time to look into a way that it can exist without some of that money, so that the average Israeli can pay less for the privilege of driving a car.”

Haaretz calls for a new order in Sinai, and to permit Egypt to increase its forces there. The editor states: “The terror attack north of Eilat a week and a half ago demonstrated what was already known for a while: Israel’s limitations on the Egyptian military presence in the Sinai could also be to Israel’s detriment,” and adds that, on balance and in light of recent events, “it’s preferable to allow a limited, lightly armed Egyptian force into the Sinai now to avoid a confrontation with a much larger, heavily armed force in a battle that could be sparked by an escalation on the border.”