The Jerusalem Post discusses a new issue raised in the recent OECD report concerning Israel, the lack of free market competition, and states that “too many Israeli industries take advantage of Israeli citizens and charge them a premium because they have managed to manipulate the political system to their benefit.” The editor believes that “Only a grassroots movement similar to the one of the summer of 2011, but with clearer objectives, can hope to bring about real change,” but notes: “There is little room for optimism.”
Yediot Aharonot compares the rampant criticism of public figures on the Left by right-wing organizations such as Im Tirtzu and other organizations of this ilk to McCarthyism in the 50’s, and states: “The lesson from the Im Tirtzu affair is simple: Delegitimizing a political opponent is a sickness; informing is poison. No one is a plant, not a leftist organization that receives money from the European Union, and not a right-wing organization that receives money from evangelicals or other suspect sources.” The author is angered by the reliance on foreign funding, which can weaken the moral strength of right- and left-wing organizations, but insists: “It’s better to stop with the McCarthyist campaigns in advance – someone might start taking them seriously.”
Israel Hayom comments on the results of the Iowa caucus, and contends that the main beneficiary of the shift away from Trump is Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The author reminds readers that “In 1992, a relatively unknown Bill Clinton lost both opening primaries, but his success in New Hampshire (a respectable second place) gave him the leverage he needed to ultimately reach the White House,” and adds: “Now, 24 years later, the question is whether Rubio’s respectable third-place finish can lead him to mirror Clinton’s rise to the top.”
Globes is concerned by signs of economic stagnation and pro-Islamic and anti-Israeli policies in Europe and the US, Israel’s major trading partners, and declares: “The traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations are crumbling and will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Policy should continue to be adjusted accordingly.”
Haaretz editorial was not available today.
[Nahum Barnea, Abraham Ben-Zvi and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]