Yediot Aharonot comments on events in Egypt and notes: "The new President and the Muslim Brotherhood that stands behind him are currently engaged in replacing editors-in-chief and senior journalists at government newspapers. The new directives are that it is forbidden to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood or the President." The author claims that while the official media in Egypt "has gone back to being a media that trumpets the ruler\’s every step," the private media "is meeting an iron fist," and adds that "A regime of fear is rapidly developing against those with overly critical opinions, and all in the name of \’completing the revolution\’." The paper concludes: "Israel has a long history of disappointment with Egypt…Now, when Egypt is entering a new stage in its history, with the return of one-man rule, Israelis have no expectations from Egypt other than the minimum of upholding overall security stability. That\’! s all. Nobody in Israel has any more illusions about economic or commercial cooperation, which could greatly benefit both sides. Israelis can only wish Egypt success in the new path that it has chosen in its continuing search for its independent identity."
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – August 16th, 2012
Ma\’ariv says that "Following unequivocal backing from Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Stanley Fischer, Defense Minister Ehud Barak need not fear – the 2013 defense budget will not be cut," and adds: "The immediate price of not cutting the defense budget is the need to cut all other government ministries, including social budgets." The author says that since this includes possibly cutting support payments and public sector wages, "It is clear why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not enthusiastic about dealing with the 2013 budget." However, in reference to recent or anticipated price increases in the price of fuel and various food products, the paper believes that "With all due respect, the Israeli government has no possibility of influencing ! the prices of fuel and wheat, or the dollar exchange rate."
Yisrael Hayom strongly criticizes an online petition calling on Air force pilots to refuse orders to bomb targets in Iran and says that it "legitimizes the hilltop youth," and all those "in whose brains an inner voice says that the situation is so special that it warrants disrupting the Government\’s lawful activity."
The Jerusalem Post comments on the arrival of a group of 350 new immigrants from North America, including 127 motivated youngsters traveling on their own and about to enlist in the IDF, who arrived on Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport, and states that they deserve “to discover an Israel as idealistic as they are – a moral country with democratic principles that strives for equality, protects human rights and cherishes fundamental freedoms, including those of speech and worship.”
Haaretz maintains that “The EU\’s decision to add Modi\’in and Maccabim-Re\’ut to the list of settlements is another worrying sign of Israel\’s international standing,” and opines: “Instead of pointing an accusing finger, Jerusalem should examine its own actions.” The editor adds: “The prime minister\’s decision to bury the Levy report, which determined that the West Bank is not occupied territory, is a step in the right direction – a necessary step, but insufficient.”
[Guy Bechor, Yehuda Sharony and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]