Yediot Aharonot presents "The Ulpana Test." The author says that "If the right has been created for a Jew from Israel to permanently reside on private Arab land on which he first occupied eight or nine years ago, then so much more so does an Arab refugee from the mandatory Land of Israel have the right to return to the places in which his family lived for dozens, if not hundreds, of years."
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – June 12th, 2012
Ma\’ariv reminds its readers that "The economy is contingent upon stable banking in order to ensure growth and to safeguard our savings." The author surmises that "Israel must draw two conclusions from the crisis in Spain: There is no stable economy without strong banking and the reforms-at-any-price mentality must skip over the banks."
Yisrael Hayom notes that "The demographic explosion in the ultra-orthodox community has reached such a point that Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer warned that the economy is unable to finance such a large idle population." The author maintains that "A creative way must be found in which to enforce the [necessary] changes without filling our jails with ultra-orthodox who refuse to fulfill the new measures. If Prime Minister Netanyahu would demonstrate the courage, determination and the ability to bring about these changes, his popularity would reach such heights that his praises would be trumpeted for having finally ridden us of our most difficult and frustrating domestic problem."
The Jerusalem Post refers to the consensus reached by the participants at the International Conference on the Future of Solar Energy toward Grid Parity, held last week in Herzliya, who declared that “Israel of all places, known for its hi-tech acumen and its ‘start-up nation’ innovations – not to mention its abundant sunshine – is missing out on perhaps the most important technological revolution of the 21st century.” The editor notes that while the government, by “placing illogical caps on production of energy from non-polluting sources,” is seemingly intent on preventing the development of a solar energy market in Israel, nevertheless “developing a dynamic renewable energy sector in Israel is not just good for business, it is good for Israel.”
Haaretz calls for the lifting of the gag order on documents relating to the Harpaz Affair, and praises Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein’s principled stand against investigating leaks and his hoisting of “the banner of freedom of expression, freedom of publication and the public\’s right to know.” The editor asserts: “Common sense dictates then when the High Court justices convene next week to discuss extending the temporary gag order they imposed, they should adopt the positions – which, in this case, are identical – of the attorney general and the media.”
[Sever Plocker, Yehuda Sharoni and Isi Leibler wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]