Yediot Aharanot – http://www.ynetnews.com
Globes – http://www.globes.co.il/serveen
Jerusalem Post –
Ma’ariv – http://www.nrg.co.il
Yisrael Hayom – http://www.israelhayom.co.il
Hazofeh – http://www.hazofe.co.il
(Government Press Office)
Yediot Aharonot asserts that "Those who glory in ‘price-tag’ threats know in advance, and from experience, that they will not pay any price for their actions," and contends that the Government’s reluctance to deal with the so-called ‘hilltop youth’ "is turning them into a time bomb." The author believes that “These birds will not be deterred by a scarecrow in uniform. Jewish lawbreakers in the territories must be defined as what they are – security threats of the highest order – and dealt with by means that fit the definition."
Ma’ariv surveys the wave of unrest in the Arab world and believes that "from the Israeli point-of-view, at least two positive aspects are already apparent." The author claims that "While the masses in the Arab countries hate the State of Israel, which they see as the spearhead of Western culture, the Palestinians and their problems interest them not a whit," thus supporting the idea that "The troubles of the Middle East are not grounded in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but in corrupt and murderous regimes." The paper says that recent events in the region have proven to Washington that, "Israel is the only credible and loyal strategic asset that the US has in the oil-rich Middle East."
Yisrael Hayom reminds its readers that the Supreme Court will, this morning, begin discussing the libel suit of five IDF soldiers against Muhammad Bakri’s film "Jenin, Jenin" about IDF operations in Jenin in April 2002. The author declares that "The damage that the film has caused to Israel’s right to defend itself has been incalculable," because "There is a large public that wants to believe the lies it contains," adding that "there are those who can be tempted to believe in them, and it is all part of the campaign to delegitimize Israel."
The Jerusalem Post criticizes the dismissive attitude of Treasury officials towards the plight of Israel’s social workers, and states: “Even if Treasury officials lack social workers’ compassion, there are good economic reasons to make it a little easier for social workers to do their job.”
Haaretz contends that the social workers’ strike could have been prevented, and claims that “Though the social workers received a substantial raise in 1994, their pay has eroded since then, and they are now at the bottom of the ladder.” The editor states that “The government’s proposal for a differential pay increase – which would be given mainly to the lowest earners and to people in certain selected specialties – is logical, but it must also apply to social workers employed by privatized welfare agencies,” and adds: “A strong public welfare system is a necessary condition for a strong society.”
[Yael Gvirtz, Amos Gilboa and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]