Even though the author acknowledges that membership will have no short-term effects on the Israeli economy, he nevertheless believes that, "Confirmation of Israel’s membership in the OECD means that the developed world recognizes our being an industrialized, advanced, democratic and competitive nation that shares the rich West’s basic values." The paper adds that "For a country of only 7.5 million people, that is only 62-years-old, the sovereign existence of which so many want to see erased, full OECD membership is an act of deep national and international significance."
Ma’ariv, on the eve of Jerusalem Day, declares that "Jerusalem is not a united city and never will be. But neither is it possible to divide it." The author says that "Jerusalem is not united because it is impossible to unite Jews and Arabs, the ultra-orthodox and the secular and even the ultra-orthodox and the national religious," and adds that "Jerusalem is not united because its physical, national and demographic structure broadcasts separation." The paper cites Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, himself a resident of Jerusalem, who said that "This is a city of ghettos." However, the author asserts that "the great paradox," is that Jerusalem is also impossible to divide since many Jews live, not only in the Old City, but in the heart of other Arab neighborhoods. The paper believes that the city "is stuck," and complains that "The great attempts that the city’s current Mayor, Nir Barkat, is making to rehabilitate the city are not receiving [even] minimal Government support."
Yisrael Hayom comments on the beginning of the proximity talks and each side’s respective view on the future of construction in Ramat Shlomo: "Ramat Shlomo is located in northern Jerusalem. Therefore, if Netanyahu promised that construction there would be suspended for two years as part of normal bureaucratic procedures, it is convenient for the Palestinians to say that this is ‘in Jerusalem’ while Israel sees it only as a delay in Ramat Shlomo, which is in Jerusalem." The author says that in September, the Americans hope to see the Palestinians agreeing to direct talks in return for a full or partial extension of the construction freeze, "at least in communities outside the settlement blocs."
The Jerusalem Post discusses the wave of caustic criticism that has been heaped on the haredi population for "stubbornly clinging to an educational system that enjoys extensive funding from the state, but that is producing an ever-growing number of Talmud scholars who lack the basic skills needed to earn", and notes that "Israel policy makers, educators and IDF commanders have come to appreciate the strong correlation between a solid Jewish education and patriotism." The editor feels that "An absurd situation has been created in which the State of Israel funds haredi schools that produce graduates who lack the occupational skills and the Zionist ethos to integrate into Israeli society, while it refrains from enriching secular schools with Jewish studies," and declares: "This counterproductive policy must end."
Haaretz considers Tel Aviv’s lack of a subway system as "one of the most grave infrastructure failures Israel has ever known," and declares that "for the politicians who make appointments, political interests as well as promoting the interests of franchisees and prominent businesspeople outweigh the public weal." Furthermore, the editor adds that "The Transportation Ministry has for years served its various ministers as a tool for advancing political interests. And it is the general public, waiting in the sun for the bus or in long traffic jams at the entrance to Tel Aviv, that pays the price."
10 May 2010- Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press
[Sever Plocker, Shalom Yerushalmi and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]