Yisrael Hayom argues that, "The expected vote in the UN on the recognition of a Palestinian state will not be a ‘diplomatic tsunami’, but rather a ‘tempest in a teacup’. According to the UN Charter, a country that wants to be accepted into the organization must turn to the Secretary General, who passes the request on to the Security Council. But first it must be a country. Not only has Mahmoud Abbas not declared the establishment of a state, but the Palestinian Authority does not fulfill all of the criteria under international law in order to be considered a state (permanent population, defined territory, a government and the ability to conduct foreign affairs). The Palestinian Authority does not have territory with defined borders, but rather territory under dispute: A sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza has never existed, there has never been a border between Israel and the West Bank, but rather a temporary ceasefire line which was defined as such in the Rhodes agreement; UNSC Resolution 242 does not demand that Israel withdraw to the 1949 ceasefire lines. The Palestinian Authority does not have a government, but rather governments: The PLO government in Ramallah and the Hamas government in Gaza (remember that Abbas’ attempts to form a united government have failed)." The author concludes, "Therefore, the expected vote in the UN General Assembly will only be another empty declaration, and the Palestinians are liable to pay a heavy price for their UN step."
Haaretz writes: "The Public Security Ministry’s proposal for an unprecedented expansion of police powers over detainees should horrify every citizen, especially law-abiding ones. The proposal, which is rooted in emergency laws shows the panic that has gripped the country’s leaders, and represents a clear and present danger to the foundations of democracy in Israel. If it is approved, it could serve the police not only against rioters and demonstrators for a Palestinian state, but also against citizens suspected of other infractions. Adopting emergency laws for temporary reasons can create a huge temptation to turn them into regular laws – for long-term use – of a type that can be adopted at any time and against anyone. The police must deploy properly for mass demonstrations, but such deployment cannot include shattering the backbone of basic civil rights."
Ma’ariv suggests that, "Relations between us and Turkey have been susceptible to ups and downs and Israel has never had a hand in it. Their source has always been at Turkey’s initiative as a result of internal Turkish changes, as well as changes in regional and international circumstances."
Yediot Aharonot comments on the Government’s efforts to curtail the influence of Israel’s ‘tycoons’ on the Israeli economy and the preliminary reports on the recommendations of the Government’s committee on cartelization. "The moment one believes in ‘free competition’, that generally leads to cartelization, and there is no choice other than to forego supervision. And as long as that is not done, everything will be just talk. Not just talk which will have a small effect on the public and on the economy. It will create great benefits for lawyers who will earn well establishing corporations which will be wolves, but will appear, legally, as sheep."
The Jerusalem Post writes: "Religious soldiers are becoming an increasingly dominant force in the IDF. In general this is a highly positive trend. There is one part of society, however, that might be hurt by the rise of Orthodox soldiers in the IDF – women. The potential for a clash between religious men and women was evident earlier this month when nine cadets in an officers training course stood up and left an IDF ceremony to avoid listening to the singing of female soldiers. Integration of both women and religious men into the IDF’s most prestigious units need not lead to strife and confrontation. In most cases both the religious sensibilities of devout soldiers and the aspirations of women for professional advancement can be accommodated, provided there is good will, mutual respect and the restraining of religious fanaticism."
[Gideon Eshet, Amos Gilboa and Emanuel Navon wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]