Two papers discuss developments in Greece this past week, especially regarding the Gaza flotilla:
Yediot Aharonot contends that "Greece, which for all intents and purposes, went bankrupt this week, is now doing some soul-searching. The Greeks have internalized that their support for the Arabs has not helped them and [have realized] that no Arab [state] has offered them loans on good terms."
Yisrael Hayom talks about Israel’s "achievement, with a little help from its friends." The author turns to Greek mythology and states that "One of the well known characters of Greek mythology is Poseidon, the god of the sea, who was in perpetual competition with his niece Athena, goddess of wisdom. They cooperated only once – in the war against Troy. Following last weekend, it is possible to go out on a limb and say that perhaps they did so again, this time for another ancient nation, Israel."
Ma’ariv notes that "Today, without shame, the following proposal will be placed n the Government’s table: The state will guarantee a special inflation-indexed savings plan with 10% interest for investors who own properties with at least 30 sq. meters of roof space [for the placing of solar panels for generating electricity], and will subsidize the scandal by raising the price of electricity to the public." The author argues that "If there is one thing that the Israeli politician covets more than social populism, it the environment-ecology issue, which extinguishes his sense of proportionality and his sagacity."
The Jerusalem Post comments on a bill in the Dutch lower house of parliament that, if ratified, would effectively ban ritual slaughter – Jewish and Muslim – throughout the Netherlands. The editor wonders why the Dutch are intent on going against accepted EU practice, and states that “In light of the checkered past of the campaign against ritual slaughter, with its roots in Nazism and xenophobia, the Dutch would do well to reconsider a move that will do little good besides promoting rare unity among Muslims and Jews.”
Haaretz warns that “Israel is sorely lacking in proper treatment and rehabilitation facilities for youth at risk,” and declares that “Just 10 percent of youth at risk receive treatment in an appropriate facility; the remainder serve time in prison, and are institutionalized in closed psychiatric wards, due to a lack of other options.” The editor asserts that this is wanton neglect, which juvenile court judges, social workers, public defenders, and the state comptroller’s office have warned about for years, and states that Minister of Social Affairs Moshe Kahlon now faces the difficult and important challenge of correcting the ongoing mistreatment of youth at risk, "for the benefit of young people and the society as a whole."
[Menachem Gantz, Rotem Sela and Shlomo Tzasna wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]