Ma’ariv notes that anti-Israeli groups around the world will hold "Israel Apartheid Week" on college campuses around the world this week. The author cites it as an example and contends that the division of responsibility for dealing with overseas public diplomacy between the Foreign Ministry and the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry "leads to budgetary waste and a gnawing lack of effectiveness and does not allow a maximum number of goals to be met."
Yediot Aharonot defends the projected choice of Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror to succeed Dr. Uzi Arad as Chairman of the National Security Council. The author notes that Amidror "learned to think outside the box during his six years as head of the IDF Intelligence Corps’ critique department – the contrarians who are supposed to question what seems clear and obvious to everyone else," and has never shied away from attacking the conventional wisdom. The paper asserts, "In an era in which the Middle East is being rocked and no intelligence officer is prepared to bet on what could happen tomorrow, the last thing the Israeli government needs is an elected officials’ yes-man as NSC Chairman."
Yisrael Hayom welcomes MK Shelly Yacimovich’s decision to run for the Labor Party leadership as "a breath of fresh air," and believes that she will emphasize socio-economic issues in an effort to have Labor project a more social democratic image.
Haaretz comments on the submission of the Strasberg-Cohen Committee’s report on the assassination of Salah Shehadeh, the head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, in July 2002: "Whatever went wrong between the intelligence agencies (which didn’t know civilians were living close to Shehadeh) and the operational research division (which therefore concluded that a large bomb would not kill civilians close to the target) is less important than the general lesson to be learned. This lesson is that supervision at the highest level – military, governmental and judicial – is required to minimize the risk inherent in such operations."
The Jerusalem Post comments on the new health program decided on in yesterday’s Cabinet meeting: It is not "immediately clear what was new about the ‘program’ besides the packaging. The Treasury and the prime minister, proponents of a decidedly neoconservative world view, have a deep-seated aversion to social welfare spending and big government. But they would do well to internalize the fact that maintaining one of the world’s finest health systems will pay off in the long run by reducing the devastating costs to society of less than adequate health care."
[Yoaz Hendel, Tal Lior and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]