The Jerusalem Post reflects on the fact that “Some 2 million Israeli children returned to 4,500 schools and almost 63,000 classrooms on Monday, the largest number of pupils the country has educated in its 64-year history,” and suggests: “There should be a joint commitment by the government, local authorities, community leaders and parents to work together to upgrade the culture of schooling to levels that we and the world can be proud of. At stake is the future of our children – and the country.”
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – August 28th, 2012
Haaretz notes that “the Migron affair is due to come to an end this week,” and asserts: “The lawbreakers\’ path away from the land they stole from their Palestinian neighbors is paved with extensive public funds. One can hope that this excessive benefit will not be granted to residents who moved into the outpost after the High Court had already ordered its evacuation.” The editor maintains that “Were it not for the High Court petition filed by Peace Now, the outpost would be flourishing,” and adds: “The evacuation of Migron (unless it gets deferred at the last minute ) is an exception that proves the rule of outposts gone wild, which continue to exist on the backs of others, undisturbed.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses the controversy over reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought permission to change his investment portfolio, and remarks that "Immediately upon its publication yesterday the winking, the suspicions and the astonishment began: What does Benjamin Netanyahu know that we don\’t? Is an attack on Iran on the threshold and is he trying to sell his stocks before they nosedive? This is not a matter of corruption, but Netanyahu needs to understand that the timing is problematic."
Ma\’ariv asks: "Is there room to dispense benefits such as free education for children aged three to four, for which we patiently waited for over 20 years, at a time when it was clear that the economy is heading for a downturn?" The author comments that "The public service announcements about young couples ignore the fact that the source of financing behind the \’Trachtenberg pre-schools\’ was tax hikes. That is one of the reasons behind the slowdown of the economy."
Yisrael Hayom comments that "The surprise was perfect. No one expected that at such an early stage the new Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, would oust the majority of Egypt\’s elite and would cancel the special powers that the army bestowed upon itself. It is reasonable to assume that the members of the ousted military leadership did not expect that they would soon have their careers forcibly ended." The author opines that "In the meantime it seems that Morsi\’s move went over well, without opposition. But it is still too early to determine whether the military command will reconcile itself over time with the blow to its standing and to what extent it will attempt to roll back the clock. In any case, the incident must remind us that the Arab Spring is not yet over, and additional surprises are expected."
[Eitan Haber, Yehuda Sharoni and Efraim Kam wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]