Yediot Aharonot maintains that "It is discouraging to see the conduct of affairs between the Finance Ministry and the Prime Minister: At the last minute Netanyahu decided to lower the price of gasoline after [Finance Minister] Steinitz left the country in the knowledge that he received full backing for the price hike, and the Finance Ministry is baffled by the contradictions."
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – March 1st, 2012
Ma’ariv notes than Iranian film beat an Israeli one for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The author says that "The race for the Oscar teaches us that as long as we are busy in wars in the fields of art, sports and the like, the artillery will continue to remain quiet – and it is good."
Yisrael Hayom remarks: "How symbolic it is that on the week in which we commemorate twenty years since the death of Menachem Begin, that for the first time an Ethiopian immigrant has been appointed to the post of ambassador in Israel’s foreign service. It is hard not to remember the immortal words of Israel’s sixth prime minister when he requested, back in the late 70’s from the Mossad Director: ‘Bring me the Ethiopian Jews.’ Accordingly Beylanesh Zevadia’s appointment to be the new Ambassador to Ethiopia closes both a personal and national circle."
The Jerusalem Post discusses the brazen defilement at the Mount of Olives, the Jewish people’s most ancient burial ground, and decries the failure of successive Israeli governments to stem the lawlessness, vandalism and neglect there. The editor declares: “A state which aspires to keep its capital undivided must surely be capable of stopping the rampant anarchy and abandon on the Mount of Olives.”
Haaretz criticizes PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s reduction of gasoline prices after their increase by the Finance Ministry, and declares that the reduction is a result of public pressure rather than economic necessity. The editor calls on the PM to explain the reasoning behind the reduction, and states that “It is legitimate for the state to reduce taxes, but it’s not legitimate to fool people and talk only about one side of the reduction without explaining the move’s economic significance.”
[Sever Plocker, Rubik Rosenthal and Eli Hazan wrote today’s articles in Yediot Ahronot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]