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Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – September 4, 2012

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Yediot Aharonot believes that in order to both clarify various points and clear the air, "Netanyahu needs to pay a secret visit to Washington without waiting for the UN General Assembly. He needs to meet with Obama and clarify with him the conditions that would allow Israel to gain time and give the US and the international community a final opportunity to stop Iran without an attack." The author believes that "Israel cannot attack on its own without understandings with the US. On the other hand, it is not sure that the US will use force if it becomes clear that sanctions and diplomacy are not stopping the Iranian nuclear project. Given the large gap in military abilities, America\’s window of opportunity is much longer than Israel\’s. Therefore, one solution is to provide Israel with capabilities it lacks and thus extend its window. The US is likely to accede to such a solution." The paper concludes: "Direct, secret negotiat! ions and creative solutions will put an end to the insane clash [between the Netanyahu government and the Obama administration], and boost both the uncertainty in Tehran and the pressure on its leaders."

Yisrael Hayom suggests that "Obama could have resolved this entire issue very simply: Instead of setting red lines, he could have given the Iranians an ultimatum even for a date after November 6. This would reassure Israel, display toughness to the Iranians and show US voters the determination of the president of the #1 superpower in the world, as is expected of him." However, the author asserts that "Obama is not doing this in the meantime. Not because he cannot, but because he simply does not want to. One could argue many things about the American President, but about one thing there is no argument – his integrity. The ideologue-President does not believe in a military attack, not today and not tomorrow. What a pity that the US President who, in April 2009 in Prague, unveiled his vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, is liable, if! he wins reelection, to be the US President on whose watch Iran becomes a nuclear power."

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Ma\’ariv discusses the recent rise in gasoline prices in Israel and suggests that "Israeli gasoline is expensive mainly due to the Finance Ministry\’s insatiable appetite for excise taxes and VAT, which constitute 51% of its consumer price." The author notes: "The high excise, so the Finance Ministry says, aids in fighting air pollution and in reducing environmental ills," but adds that "The Ministry must admit that this is an unsuccessful and pathetic excuse. Without the high excise and VAT, NIS 18 billion worth of revenue would evaporate from state coffers like so much gasoline fumes. There is no immediate alternative for the loss of revenue from fuel taxes unless you are interested in raising VAT by another 4%." The paper also dismisses the claim that Israeli gasoline is not relatively more expensive than gasoline in Europe and points out that not only do European drivers enjoy an approximately 25% greater buying power tha! n their Israeli counterparts but, "European drivers have a range of alternatives to cars, such as buses, electric trams, subways and bicycles." The author points out that another price hike is due to take effect just before the upcoming Sukkot holiday [1-7 October] and says that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz "should now think about how to allow drivers to enjoy trips over the holiday period without breaking into their provident funds."

Haaretz maintains the “The Migron affair is a badge of shame for Israel.” The editor states that “Evicting someone from the house where he has lived for years, where he has tended his garden and where his children were born, is not supposed to be a joyous occasion,” but asserts that “the eviction of the Migron settlers, without any need to employ force, is good news for the rule of law in Israel.”

The Jerusalem Post recalls the turmoil surrounding the expiration of the Tal Law on August 1, and notes that “over a month has passed since the law expired and Israeli society seems to be suffering a case of collective amnesia. The dire need to begin to enlist at least some of more than 60,000 haredi men who are presently postponing their military or national service indefinitely has drifted out of the public consciousness.” The editor outlines the negative ramifications of “The government’s do-nothing policy,” and opines that "The government must act to advance the integration of haredi men into the workforce, and it must act now.”

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