The Jerusalem Post calls on the public to take steps to reduce the air pollution on Lag Ba’omer – bonfire night – which will be celebrated next Wednesday, and states that while remaining faithful to tradition might entail the lighting of bonfires, “Limiting the number of bonfires, refraining from burning harmful substances, and adopting alternatives to the bonfire, such as lighting candles and lamps, can all help make this Lag Ba’omer a little more green.”
Haaretz criticizes the arrest of ‘nuclear spy’ Mordechai Vanunu for speaking with tourists in excess of the time limit imposed on him, and protests “the endless campaign of abuse against Vanunu by the State of Israel, which constitutes a gross violation of individual rights and liberties.” The editor points out that while Vanunu was convicted of treason and espionage, “No court sentenced him to eternal harassment and abuse,” and declares: “No democracy can tolerate such behavior toward someone who has served his sentence. Vanunu should be allowed to either leave the country, or remain here as a free man.”
Yediot Aharonot believes that in the new map of interests in the Middle East, Israel’s potential allies – the moderate Arab states – will be “much more willing than in the past to significantly pressure the Palestinians to compromise,” and “will be willing to help in different ways by catering to Israel’s legitimate security needs.” The author contends that “This is a window of opportunity,” and the price Israel will be required to pay for a solution to the conflict is exceptionally low. The author calls on the government to “seize the opportunity for a deal with the Palestinians,” before the window of opportunity closes.
Yisrael Hayom welcomes the formation of a new government that includes representatives of the ultra-Orthodox sector, despite criticism by the media, and remarks: “The truth is that this is a natural, homogeneous coalition that represents the majority of the public.” The author asserts: “the internal direction of the haredi community indicates a stable and long-term process of integration into the very heart of Israeliness,” which negates the need to require this by law, and declares: “The road to accomplishments — including conversion — goes by way of dialogue and cooperation. Those who are impatient and try to force change are in for trouble.”
[Aviad Kleinberg and Dror Eydar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]