HA’ARETZ:1. Knesset to determine who will replace [Supreme Court President] Beinish.
TODAY: GRUNIS’S PATH TO SUPREME COURT PRESIDENCY TO BE PAVED.
2. YAFA YARKONI, 1925-2012.
3. PA PLANNING DIPLOMATIC ASSAULT AGAINST ISRAEL.
PM’s envoy to meet Erekat tomorrow but PA is preparing for failure: Legal struggle against Israel to begin at the end of the month and attempt to be accepted at UN will resume.
1. ISRAELI AND PA REPRESENTATIVES TO MEET IN AMMAN IN ATTEMPT TO RESUME TALKS.
Yitzhak Molcho to meet with Saeb Erekat on Tuesday under Jordanian mediation, after year in which no official talks were held. Diplomatic source: „Slim chance for serious talks.”
2. RABBI LAU: IT HURT ME VERY MUCH TO SEE CHILD WITH YELLOW STAR.
Former Chief Rabbi, who survived the Holocaust as a child, „felt bad and depressed” over ultra-orthodox display at demonstration on Sunday.
3. YAFA YARKONI, 1925-2012.
TEVA MANAGING DIRECTOR CALLING IT QUITS.
2. „DON’T TELL ME GOOD-BYE.”
(…). Good-bye to Yafa Yarkoni.
1. EFFORT TO RESUME NEGOTIATIONS.
Quartet trying to return Israel and the PA to talks, this time under Jordanian sponsorship. Tomorrow: Meeting with participation of PM’s special envoy Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat. Clinton praises but PM’s Bureau estimates: „No great chance for breakthrough.”
2. TAKING LEAVE OF YAFA YARKONI, THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES HERE.
1. US PRAISES RESUMPTION OF CONTACTS: „PEACE IS MORE URGENT THAN EVER.”
2. RIGHT OUTRAGED OVER POSTPONEMENT OF OUTPOSTS LAW.
3. CHIEF-OF-STAFF: MUST INCREASE RECRUITMENT OF ULTRA-ORTHODOX.
4. STRUGGLE AGAINST JEWISH TERROR: THREE TO BE ACCUSED OF „SEVERE ESPIONAGE.”
1. DM: „RESUMPTION OF NEGOTIATIONS – ISSUE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.”
2. ISRAEL CONFIRMS HOLDING OF TALKS; PA: „NOT NEGOTIATIONS.”
3. NETANYAHU ASKED – MINISTERIAL DISCUSSION OF „MIGRON LAW” POSTPONED.
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 11:20.]
SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
Two papers comment on the use of Holocaust symbols at a recent demonstration by ultra-orthodox extremists in Jerusalem:
Yediot Ahronot dismisses the claim by, „rabbis and others in the ultra-orthodox sector,” that the actions in question were those of a marginal few and that, ‘Most of our public opposes such actions’,” and contends that, „This is not true, simply not true.” The author, a Holocaust survivor, avers that, „Not a handful but thousands – at every opportunity, every demonstration and every struggle against police and soldiers – hurl the word ‘Nazis’ and also say ‘We feel here like the Jews in Europe under the Germans did’ (which, by the way, is a strange statement since the subject known as ‘the Holocaust’ practically does not exist in the ultra-orthodox sector and is not studied).” The paper suggests that, „If for the expression ‘Nazi’ or for wearing a yellow star, it would be possible to arrest someone and bring them before a judge – the problem would solve itself and this despicable phenomenon would disappear.”
Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that extremist ultra-orthodox elements have not been the only ones to use symbols of the Holocaust or hurl the epithet ‘Nazi’ at police or soldiers and says that, „While every sector has the right to protest, the ultra-orthodox, like other sectors, must not abuse the freedom that the state gives them.” The author believes that, „Those who equate what goes on here in the country to what happened in the Third Reich, and it does not matter in what aspect, in effect perpetrates an act that borders on actual Holocaust-denial. Any attempt to present social discourse in Israel and the conduct of the law-enforcement authorities as identical to those that existed in the Third Reich is a terrible historical and moral distortion.” The paper concludes that, „The protest of those ultra-orthodox demonstrators is legitimate; the manner of their protest is invalid and condemnable.”
Ma’ariv reminds its readers when a young Israeli begins his or her compulsory service in the IDF, his or her parents stop receiving child support payments, despite the continued expenses of maintaining their son or daughter, even as the soldier receives a minimal remuneration from the state for his or her service, while those (Arabs, ultra-orthodox and others) who do not serve in the IDF are either free to work or receive support payments from the public till. The author, a father of a young woman soldier, says that, „Especially now, when the issue of the exclusion of women is raising tensions between those who serve and pay taxes and those who do not, the time has come to put an end to these distortions and this discrimination. As the proportion of those not serving increases, so does the inequality,” and asks, „Why should a young ultra-orthodox man be eligible to pursue Torah studies full time and receive a budget, courtesy of those who pay taxes, for his studies while those in his age bracket lose years in which they could be building their careers, and finance it out of their own pockets? The time has come to transfer budgets for the maintenance of soldiers in compulsory service. They and their parents should be eligible to receive full financing for all needs related to their service and their living [expenses].”