Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom


Two newspapers comment on the controversial appointment of Brigadier General (Res.) Gal Hirsch, the commander of the Galilee Division during the Second Lebanon War, to the post of Commissioner of the Israel Police:
Yediot Aharonot is critical of the appointment, and states: “it is quite clear that Hirsch’s military skills have no effect on his competence and suitability for the position of Police Commissioner. Hirsch is a special operations officer and he excels in this. But he has not proven himself to be a commander and leader of large organizations. The Israel Police force is a complex civilian organization in terms of manpower, and the tasks he has to carry out are for the most part very different from those he carried out in the military.”
Israel Hayom believes that Public Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan chose Hirsch because he realized he needed “a person wise enough to understand the situation as needed, who is bold enough to implement the difficult measures required and free of prior obligations to anyone in the police.” The author adds: “It’s always possible to find good reasons to oppose unnatural appointments from outside the system. In this case it appears we need to commend the minister’s willingness to take the risk, and Hirsch’s willingness to wade into an unfamiliar world, and give them both the time they need to make the police better.”
The Jerusalem Post reflects on the negative economic news of late, and notes that while international trends have a major impact on the local situation locally, it nevertheless behooves the government to initiate measures required to improve the economy. The editor points out that the economy is growing at a slower than expected pace, and calls on our political leaders “to remain vigilant and avoid excessive fiscal spending. Our economic health depends on it.”
Haaretz is concerned with the plan by the religious services minister and the head of the Supreme Rabbinical Court to return to the bench 10 retired rabbinical court judges (dayanim), and asserts: “Appointing these 10 ‘judicial fellows’ is an attempt to circumvent the appointments committee and staff the rabbinical courts with dayanim preferred by the ultra-Orthodox community. The editor calls on the chairman of the appointments committee to announce he opposes these appointments, and asserts: “‘Judicial fellows’ shouldn’t be appointed through the back door.”
[Ron Ben-Yishai and Yaakov Amidror wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]