Two newspapers criticize the government’s decision to postpone the signing of the Open Skies Agreement with the European Union:
Haaretz notes that “The decision shocked professionals in Israel and the European Union, not only due to its embarrassing timing, its
contempt for the people who put together the plan and the fear of damaging Israel\’s foreign relations,” and comments that “The answer is probably linked to the forces that oppose the reform and the competition it envisions.” The editor adds: “And so the Netanyahu government once again caved in to the interests of those who enjoy the fruits of market failings and a corrupt system, even at the expense of the public.”
The Jerusalem Post feels that “[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Transport Minister Israel] Katz simply did not want to risk labor unrest and incur the wrath of local airlines ahead of the election,” and adds: “the decision to delay the Open Skies Agreement ultimately has one primary victim: the Israeli traveler.”
Yediot Aharonot contends that "[Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is convinced that his words have a profound influence upon reality. When he declares that we are living in 1938, and that he is fulfilling the role of [Winston] Churchill, he believes that reality will toe the line."
Ma\’ariv notes the example of playwright Anat Gov, who passed away last week. "Gov decided that she preferred to spend the remainder of her days in keeping busy and in humor and not in the oncology unit closest to her home. Gov was not the first to pass on what medicine has to offer those who are afflicted, but she was among the more famous." The author concludes that "When a patient is dying, hospitalization and \’conventional death\’ are not the only options."
Yisrael Hayom notes that "Tomorrow, the Central Election Committee will determine whether the Ra\’am-Tal and Balad factions from the Left and the Power to Israel faction from the Right will be allowed to compete in the upcoming Knesset elections – or whether they will be disqualified. The parties and MKs who are candidates for disqualification have recruited a battery of lawyers to represent them in a marathon discussion, run by Central Elections Committee Chairman Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, in order to convince the 34 committee members to reject the disqualification petitions." The author says that "It’s a waste of their invested effort, because the results of the vote are known in advance. The committee is composed of politicians, representatives of all of the parties who were represented in the Knesset, and each one of them will come to the debate with a clear predetermined decision on how to vote." The author conc! ludes that "The present legal situation is inappropriate. No politician, but rather a judge whose integrity, fairness and professionalism are not in question, can weigh all of the considerations in a totally objective manner."
[Aviad Kleinberg, Dror Zaraski and Gideon Alon wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]