The Jerusalem Post comments: "In yet another anti-Israel vote backed by an overwhelming majority, the UN General Assembly singled out Israel – not Iran or Syria – for supposedly violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau deserve praise for once again standing by Israel. The Obama administration, however, deviated from previous US governments by voting in favor of two paragraphs in the resolution that were put to a separate vote. Both support universal adherence to the NPT and call on those countries that are not parties to it to ratify the treaty \’at the earliest date\’.
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – December 5th, 2012
The dangerous impression that the US is allowing to be created is that a nuclear capable Israel can be equated with a nuclear capable Iran. Now is not the time to devote international energies to coercing Israel into ending its four-decades of nuclear ambiguity. Doing so detracts from efforts to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and plunging the region into a destabilizing nuclear arms race. Glibly calling for a \’nuclear-free Middle East\’ ignores the predicament of Israel and the essential deterrent and defensive needs of a small democracy surrounded by enemies."
Yediot Aharonot discusses the controversy over the Government\’s plans to build additional housing units in eastern Jerusalem and various sites in Judea and Samaria. The author says, "I also have a deep and uncompromising relationship with the Bible and the ancient dreams of returning to our land and of a renewed building of our sovereign lives. On the other hand, I also have a deep and uncompromising relationship with reality. In this reality, difficult and tragic, there are two peoples in this land, and this problem cannot be solved only by force," and adds, "The suspicions of most Israelis towards the western countries has a firm base in reality. But on the other hand, can we really permit ourselves to live in a world which is hostile towards us in every direction?"
Yisrael Hayom contends that "Assad\’s control over his chemical weapons arsenal is only temporary," and warns, "Apparently, Syria also possesses an arsenal of biological weapons which includes poisons and infectious – possibly epidemic – diseases."
Haaretz comments on the surplus-vote agreements between parties, whereby if the two parties making such a deal achieve a surplus greater than other parties, one of those two parties wins an extra Knesset seat: "In recent years it seems the importance of these votes has diminished, though parties with similar ideologies tend to sign surplus-vote agreements. Therefore the Labor Party\’s decision on Monday to shake off its image as a Meretz sister party and sign a deal with Yesh Atid [Yair Lapid] is a bad omen. Shelly Yacimovich is pulling to the right. Those who were hesitating between Labor and Meretz but took comfort in knowing that their surplus vote would strengthen one of the two might find themselves voting Labor but giving Lapid an extra MK."
[Bambi Sheleg and Dr. Danny Shoham wrote today\’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively. The Ma’ariv editorial was not available today.]