Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom


The Jerusalem Post criticizes “the numerous off-the-wall schemes” that are an inherent part of the first state budget to bear Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s byline, which is expected to amplify his claim to the mantel of social reformer, and notes: “What ties them all together is a populist orientation that pits ‘the people’ against ‘the elite’ and ballyhoos sweeping, often unrealistic sociopolitical changes.”
Haaretz attacks the new master plan for Israel’s Mediterranean shoreline, which is intended to replace the 30-year-old national master plan for the coast that incorporates protections for cliffs, sand dunes and other unbuilt areas further away from the shoreline. The editor appeals to public and environmental organizations to object to the plan and ensure  that the relevant government agencies take care to protect the broader coastal environment, and adds: “Any new construction that is undertaken to meet the legitimate needs of tourism or urban expansion should only be permitted within a framework that continues to offer comprehensive protection of the coast, leaving as much of the open area as possible undeveloped. Vacationers today and in future generations will be grateful for the opportunity to continue to hike over the rocky cliffs and the sand dunes, enjoying views of the Mediterranean Sea.”
Yediot Aharonot looks at the recent attacks on Palestinians by militant Jews, and states: “Each nation has its bad weeds and low points.”  The author contends that while Israel has not reached the low point of other Western regimes, “it is not free of the insanity virus,” and asserts: “we need to be remorseful. We need to eradicate the evil from among us. We need to internalize the fact there is a connection between words and actions, and we need to be reminded of what was supposed to be obvious: An entire nation grieved the murder this week, rather than celebrate it.”
Israel Hayom comments on the improving diplomatic relationship between Israel and India and the resultant shift in in India’s traditionally pro-Palestinian stance at the United Nations. Pointing to other diplomatic success stories with developing countries that yielded  similar results, the author notes that “Israel is a strong country with much to offer the international community, while its Arab enemies are losing influence in the international arena,” and asserts: “ Indeed, one important lesson from India’s behavior is that the fears of international isolation among Israelis are greatly exaggerated.”
[Ben-Dror Yemini and Efraim Inbar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]