The Jerusalem Post asserts that “Sunday’s deadly collision between a bus and a truck did not have to happen,” and declares: “speed kills, and more speed kills more.” The editor agrees with the statement that “cuts in the National Road Safety Authority’s budget and a reduction in the numbers of traffic police are contributing to the rise in road deaths,” but argues that “a quick, easy and inexpensive way of reducing deadly accidents is to simply lower the speed limits.”
Haaretz comments on the moderation demonstrated by the High Court of Justice over the government’s deal with the natural-gas companies, especially with relation to the clause in the deal that guarantees the gas companies ‘regulatory stability’ for 15 years, which the justices felt should be implemented through legislation, and states: “it’s hard to believe the Knesset would approve this draconian provision. And this provides further evidence that the gas deal for which Netanyahu took the trouble of going personally to the High Court requires substantive changes.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses the secret diplomacy missions handled by the IDF’s Foreign Relations Unit, which “create an alternative diplomacy to normal, political diplomacy,” and states: “As the Foreign Ministry collapses and Israel’s international standing is undermined, the IDF is coming out ahead on the diplomatic front.”
Israel Hayom placates readers, and notes that “Contrary to media reports, negotiations on the scope of the American aid package to Israel are going as planned.” The author reports that “The real reason for the delay stems from budgetary developments in the U.S., which have no direct link to Israel,” and adds: “the U.S.’s commitment to Israel’s defense and security has never been questioned, nor is it questioned now.”
Globes believes that for Noble Energy, the stability clause in the natural gas framework is not just another clause up for negotiation, it “is the core of the agreement. It is indispensable. Without it, there is no framework.” The author argues that there is no way that Netanyahu “will go back to the Knesset with the gas framework,” and wonders what creative solution the State Attorney’s Office will produce within the constraints of the seven days it has been given to do so.
[Alex Fishman, Zalman Shoval and Amiram Barkat wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]