Ma’ariv avers that "Jerusalem is the toughest and most sensitive of the core issues being discussed between us and the Palestinians; it is the principal powder-keg. But just as it is clear today that the conflict will not end without a Palestinian state, it must also be clear to whoever does not stick their head in the sand that it will not end without some sort of partitioning of the city between Jews and Arabs." The author notes that "While Jewish sages have said that, ‘We do not rely on miracles,’ they themselves hasten to add that this rule does not apply to Jerusalem," and declares: "See? There is hope."
Yisrael Hayom comments on the formation of Britain’s new government and asserts that "Last night, Britain gave us a great lesson on ‘how to do it right’." The author reminds his readers that "Bi-polar Britain is not used to forging coalitions," but adds that "It could teach many countries, especially Israel, how to maintain honor in politics amidst the dealing and the horse-trading."
The Jerusalem Post comments on Israel’s confused messages regarding Jerusalem in recent months, and finds that this tendency "has produced a lack of clarity where the US is concerned and is being exploited by the Palestinians." The editor states: "Netanyahu’s government needs to formulate a clear policy on east Jerusalem and make sure that his coalition members, Jerusalem’s mayor and other official talking heads understand and follow it."
Haaretz notes Israel’s acceptance earlier this week into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but states that despite the fact that Israel is no longer portrayed as a developing country, Israel’s economic status is conditional: "[I]n the absence of peace, the threat of a damaging war constantly hovers over our economy, driving away investors and pushing us behind the West." The editor concludes: "The link between the economic and political is clear. There can be no sustained economic growth without a substantive compromise with the Palestinians and Syria."
12 May 2010 Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press
[Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Avraham Tirosh and Boaz Bismuth wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]