The Jerusalem Post discusses a bill proposed this week by Likud MK Yoav Kisch and Zionist Union MK Hilik Bar according to which the country’s citizens will be invited to join the legislative process via petition: "While there is no shortage of causes that are practically begging for bill petitions, a brief survey reveals that every nearly every bill petition innocently proposed as unique in fact referred to a law already on the books. How a about a petition for a bill to elect Knesset representatives responsible to their constituencies, and not chosen by party?"
Yediot Aharonot comments that "For the past few months, the Israeli dialogue has been focused on Israeli human rights organizations. Starting as a bothersome burden, human rights organizations have now become an existential threat. Israel’s problem isn’t the mirrors in its face, no matter if the image they present is correct or distorted. The problem is the government’s reckless policy as it concerns the Palestinian territories. Resistance to this policy isn’t the disease, but a desperate attempt to find a cure."
Globes writes: "An announcement that gas has been discovered in Daniel will come in the distant future, if at all, but it can be stated that the country is not ready for it. The Israeli market, in which most customers have signed long-term contracts with the Tamar partnership, can certainly not make developing additional licenses worthwhile. The prices that the owners of small reservoirs will obtain for the gas they export will also not make it worthwhile as the crash of global oil prices over the past year have cut the price of gas by 50% in Europe and 60% in Asia. Although the gas plan has been signed and approved, the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources still has no policy for developing small and difficult-to-develop gas reservoirs. In the absence of such a policy, no reservoir will be developed, and there will certainly not be competition in the gas sector."
Haaretz comments on the remarks by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eisenkot and the INSS, who "admitted candidly that several developments that have unfolded in Israel and the region in recent years had caught the IDF by surprise.
These include the stabbing attacks that characterize the current wave of terror, for which the army had no prior intelligence, as well as the disintegration of regimes and states in the Arab world." His remarks
"constitute a courageous admission of the limitations facing the IDF, against a backdrop of false scenarios disseminated by politicians, according to which military solutions are the all-embracing response to every problem.
Of additional importance in Eisenkot’s speech were his words regarding the role of the defense establishment in keeping Israel a democratic state."
Israel Hayom addresses the issue of wearing a kippah, in the wake of the January 11 attack in Marseilles: "After a kippah-wearing Jew was stabbed in Marseille, the city’s rabbi, Zvi Ammar, called on French Jews to refrain from wearing kippot on France’s streets. The call elicited quite a backlash across the country. There is no religious obligation to wear a kippah on the street. Moreover, in the event of a life-threatening situation, Jews are religiously obligated to remove it. The motive behind the controversy, therefore, is political. France refuses to bend to the will of terrorists. The only place in the world where Jews can wear a kippah without fear is Israel."
[Aviad Kleinberg and Marc Eisenberg wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]