The Jerusalem Post is hopeful that Prime Minister Netanyahu will not cave in to demands from the zealots in his coalition with regard to the creation of the pluralistic prayer area at the Western Wall, and calls on him to “stand up for the idea that democratic decisions must be respected and that religious rights and equality must be upheld.”
Haaretz reminds readers that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on appointing Roni Alsheich police commissioner to improve the police’s image from a low point, and notes: “After six months in office, it seems that Alsheich has been successful in plunging the police to new lows.” The editor discusses Alsheich’s many scandalous decisions and statements since taking over, and asserts: “Alsheich the savior has turned out to be deepening the crisis in the police. This is another failed appointment of the Netanyahu school, which prefers political or ideological loyalty over job skills.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses the mounting tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the backdrop of the beginning of Ramadan and the annual Hajj to Mecca and Medina, and states: “The upcoming Hajj is just another event highlighting the ongoing tensions between two of the world’s most important Muslim nations: Iran and Saudi Arabia.”
Israel Hayom discusses the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as Minister of Defense, and states: “Anyone who thinks Lieberman’s plan is to chew up and spit out IDF generals on his path toward regional conquests is in for a surprise. The defense minister prefers peace over war, and plans to march in step with the chief of staff.”
Globes http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-can-broader-coalition-tackle-israels-real-economic-problems-1001128558 points to the signs of economic recession that are looming on the horizon, and states: “the question whether the prime minister will be able to exploit the broadening of the coalition to instigate significant structural changes, even if their contribution to growth will be felt mainly in the medium-to-long term, becomes more acute."
[Smadar Perry, Yoav Limor and Amiram Barkat wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]