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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – September 13th, 2011

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Two papers comment on the 5-year plan for the Bedouins of the Negev approved at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting:
Haaretz writes: "The decision by the cabinet on Sunday approving the Prawer report’s plan to regulate the Bedouin communities in the Negev is an unfortunate continuation of an insensitive policy which is leading to unnecessary friction between the government and citizens of the country. The Netanyahu government excels in laying out grandiose, expensive, impractical master plans. Even if ultimately 30,000 citizens are not evicted by force from their homes, the plan’s threatening tone already deepens the strong lack of confidence already prevalent among the Bedouin. The government must show the Bedouin, who have suffered from prolonged neglect, that it is prepared to adopt a new approach. The key is proper planning, in the spirit of the Goldberg Commission report, including the involvement – as equals – of the thousands of Bedouin professionals."
The Jerusalem Post writes: "Unfortunately, the NIS 6 billion, five-year plan approved this week contains a number of critical faults that, if not addressed swiftly, could lead to a further deterioration of relations with an increasingly alienated Beduin community. Bedouin have already vowed to call a general strike in protest against the plan, and other Arab Israelis might join in. While it might not be realistic to meet all demands, a more serious effort needs to be made on the part of the government to open up channels of communication with the Bedouin community in the Negev."
Ma’ariv believes that, "The lesson of September 11 is that the democracies are considerably stronger than their enemies.  The death of Bin Laden and the disintegration of Al Qaeda prove this."
Yisrael Hayom professes that, "Erdogan and Netanyahu are sitting on a high tree.  It is a zero-sum game.  The current dispute is insoluble and can only be managed.  Erdogan is the one who is determining its pace and course – and it is in this context that we must examine his trip to Egypt.  He is prepared to intensify the dispute and views it as a test of personal and national strength.  Israel must not play into his hands because it appears that he has no restraints.  The US must urgently mediate and find a formula to assuage Erdogan’s trampled honor and Netanyahu’s just path."
Yediot Aharonot exclaims, "Wanted: Leader" and discusses the effect of a leadership void on the current financial crisis. "The stock markets are reacting not to real and reasoned dangers, but rather to fabricated dangers, and especially the helplessness of the political apparatus of the European Union."  The author notes that the declines on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange have been similar to that on European exchanges and adds that, "Considering the worsening geo-political situation, this can be viewed as an achievement."  The author contends that, "An absence of leadership in Israel is more dangerous than an absence of leadership in Europe.  The tsunami is not yet spent."
 
[Sever Plocker, Ofer Shelah, and Prof. Yaakov Bar Siman Tov wrote today’s articles in Yediot Ahronot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]

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