Yediot Aharonot maintains that "The UN Secretary General\’s insistence to demonstrate a presence in Teheran is very strange. Just now they reported that the Iranians do not intend to cooperate with the IAEA inspection teams. One of his assistants is complaining that Iran continues to transfer weapons and military equipment to Bashar\’s supporters. Lebanon has complained to the UN of Iranian hands that are trying to ignite a civil war there. Ban Ki Mon has published a list of excuses why it is nevertheless urgent for him to visit. And we ask: What does he really have to look for there? What does he expect to achieve?"
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – August 26th, 2012
Ma\’ariv discusses the myth that the spoiled unemployed Israeli will not agree to soil his hands in a difficult profession has proven irrelevant to the building trade. For a fair wage, many are willing to climb scaffolds. The shortage of workers in the building industry, despite the general level of unemployment, is a micro-cosmos of a problem of employee training which also exists in other industries. The matter of professional training is one of the crucial remedies for dealing with the unemployment malady. Success is dependent on the willingness to release training funds."
Yisrael Hayom professes that "The hysterical, tempestuous statements from Ahmadinejad and his lords are more of a sign of nervousness than of self-confidence." The author contends that "Today, Israel has perhaps the best, and maybe even the most cautious, political and security leadership since the time of Ben-Gurion, and we can rely on it to make the correct decisions on the Iranian issue as well. But America could help, and it is strange that it does not do so, in that the principle goal of Iran is to undermine, once and for all, the standing of the US in the region and to harm its interests, which perhaps are not existential, but are certainly vital from every possible aspect. It’s a shame that Washington, instead of exploiting Iran\’s weakness, continues to play into its hands."
The Jerusalem Post declares that Israel’s overtaxed police force is unable to cope “with the seemingly endless infractions of apparently law-abiding citizens on our roads,” and suggests the formation of a volunteer force consisting of retired policemen and civilians to assist in traffic control. The editor believes that “Such a program would not only be extremely beneficial and easy to implement throughout the country, but would also involve a relatively low cost, especially when we’re talking about people’s lives.”
Haaretz discusses the recent Be\’er Sheva District Court ruling requiring the Eilat municipality to enroll the children of foreign migrant workers into the city\’s schools, and states that “While one can understand Eilat\’s difficulties with the migrants who live and work within its borders, educational segregation is an unacceptable solution.” The editor regrets the enthusiasm with which this segregation was promoted by the Ministry of Education, and asserts: “The ministry must recognize that its duty is to include those who are different, not to keep them out of sight and out of mind.”
[Smadar Perry, Yehuda Sharoni and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]