Haaretz
Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Ma’ariv
Globes
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

 

The Jerusalem Post comments on the fickle weather the country is currently experiencing, and wonders: “Are we really ready for a serious storm with significant snow?” The editor laments the dismantling of the Home Front Defense Ministry, a national coordinating body set up in the wake of the December 2013 storm, and notes that with the many emergency situation Israel is likely to face, the country “requires an independent ministry with full authority and a full-time minister who will deal with preparations and management of the home front during an emergency.”

Haaretz
commends the Communication Ministry’s intention to encourage competition among broadcast media, which the editor believes is “crucial to the continued existence of free commercial media in Israel.” The editor warns, however, that “the entrance of an investor with an economic or political agenda who will try to influence public opinion is liable to seriously undermine the ability of independent broadcasters to function,” and asserts that “There must be an oversight mechanism that will allow the current and future media players to compete and operate freely, while preventing the commercial or political exploitation of television viewers.”

Yediot Aharonot asserts: “the Israeli government has no national strategy, and with this lack of strategy it infects not only the political class, but how businesses operate,” and warns that “More and more companies are adopting the government’s basic attitude towards serious national problems, which can be summarized as ‘sit and do nothing.’”

Israel Hayom discusses the threat posed by the Islamic State group, and states that “defeating it is feasible on condition that the various parties fighting it (or claim to be fighting it) arrive at an agreed-upon position regarding the strategy and tactics that are required, and on the condition that the Sunni Arab states play a part in this strategy.” The author states, however, that “None of this will happen if America fails to acknowledge that the No. 1 threat to regional peace and stability also comes from Iran.”

Globes focuses on discussions at the recent Davos World Economic Forum regarding the imminent ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, namely the accelerated pace of technological innovation that is resulting in the inevitable “increasing social and political polarization of society into a tiny group which owns the bulk of the wealth (defined as income-producing assets), a small class of knowledge workers and managers, and the great majority consisting of low-paid workers and those dependent on governmental income transfers to survive.” The author notes that Israel is by no means immune to the effects of this revolution, and to thwart further decline suggests that “Community investment trusts, established on a local regional, ethnic or religious basis, should be implemented on a wide scale, thereby providing ever-larger segments of the population with access to the ownership of wealth.”

[Sever Plocker, Zalman Shoval and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]