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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – February 29th, 2012

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 Two papers praise former Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch:

Haaretz believes that “Outgoing Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch will be remembered as a defender of fundamental rights and oversight of government,” and adds that “Her time on the bench appears to have been based on Israel’s ethos as a Jewish and democratic state, committed to a constant balancing of individual and collective rights.”
Yediot Aharonot lauds former Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and says: "In many ways, Beinisch was the Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dam to stop the anti-democratic waters from inundating us."
 
Two papers discuss the steep increase in gasoline prices:
Yisrael Hayom comments on the record gasoline prices that will take effect at midnight. The author cautions that much of the increase stems from geopolitical tensions and warns that, on this basis, prices might rise even further. The paper says that any cut in the various taxes on gasoline would require the Government to either raise other taxes or enact additional budget cuts. The author urges his readers "to try and switch to more fuel-efficient cars as much as possible, to use less fuel and to look for green alternatives."
The Jerusalem Post comments on the sharp increase in gasoline prices and calls for the reduction of exorbitant and redundant taxes on gasoline. The editor agrees that the use more fuel efficient cars will reduce pollution and conserve energy, but nevertheless believes that “The state should not be using taxation to coercively reeducate its citizens to drive less and use more fuel efficient cars.”
 
Ma’ariv refers to recent Interior Ministry data which show that Jerusalem will soon have over one million residents.  The author suggests that "Quality of life in Jerusalem is not high: More than a few residents in the Arab and ultra-orthodox sectors do not pay local taxes while the burden falls on the shoulders of others.  Jerusalem is not succeeding in retaining its young people.  There is endless construction and it is losing its green lungs."  However, the paper notes that "The good things in Jerusalem are, as always, the natural beauty that it has been graced with and its unusually beautiful and attractive sites that continue to draw tourists."
 
[Eitan Haber,  Hezy Sternlicht and Eli Amir wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot,Yisrael Hayom and Ma’ariv, respectively.]
 

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