Yediot Aharonot hopes that the recent rains will not dissuade Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz from vigorously advancing desalination as a long-term solution to the water situation.
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – March 5th, 2012
Ma’ariv asserts that "Iran and Israel are on a collision course on a narrow path heading for a chasm," and adds: "In this game we are liable to lose."
Yisrael Hayom discusses the relevance of recent events regarding North Korea to the case of Iran and avers that "North Korea, which is already equipped with nuclear weapons, proves that sanctions are not always effective, and that even a crippled and famine-stricken country can, if it is so determined, achieve what it wants. Moreover: Iran is rich in petroleum, and even if its economy has been badly harmed by the ‘biting’ sanctions imposed upon it, its citizens are yet far from suffering the pangs of hunger as are the North Koreans." The author continues: "Unlike fundamentalist Iran, the North Koreans do not have ideological or regional hegemonic goals, and have no aspirations ‘to wipe another country off the face of the earth.’"
The Jerusalem Post discusses the plight of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, now on the defensive due to a video interview with anti-Israel guru Norman Finkelstein in which he declared the movement a failure because the movement’s duplicity and disingenuousness made it impossible for it to reach a broad public. The editor states that the interview has sparked an important reassessment of the entire BDS movement, and is hopeful that “the soul-searching raging on the Left leads to more honesty and less of the duplicity and disingenuousness that has characterized the BDS movement to date.”
Haaretz comments on the forthcoming meeting between US President Barak Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and remarks that “Israel would be wise to listen to Obama’s advice on Iran.” Discussing President Obama’s speech at the annual AIPAC conference yesterday, the editor suggests that “The government would also do well to internalize another important statement by Obama: ‘As president and commander in chief, I have a deeply-held preference for peace over war.’"
[Sever Plocker, Haim Asa and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]