Yediot Aharonot comments on the reported meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan\’s King Abdullah on the issue of Syria\’s chemical weapons. The author says that "In his meeting with Netanyahu, the Jordanian monarch pushed the Palestinian issue to one side. It is reasonable to assume that this issue will be put off until after our and their elections (one day after ours). He is much more concerned about finding a solution to Assad\’s chemical weapons so that they do not fall into the wrong hands." The paper is unsure of what will come from the meeting and concludes: "While the entire world wants Assad gone, Israel and Jordan – along with Turkey and Lebanon – must also deal with what he is liable to do in his final minutes."
Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press – December 27th, 2012
Ma\’ariv notes the generational changes in several of Israel\’s veteran parties. The author suggests: "The Labor Party without a candidate from the kibbutz movement is like the Likud without Benny Begin, Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan," and adds: “Instead of National Religious Party stalwarts like [the late] Yosef Burg and [the late] Zevulon Hammer, we got Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked." The paper reflects that "Young people are very strong right now; it doesn\’t matter if they have anything to sell or not."
Yisrael Hayom predicts that "2013 will end without Assad." The author claims that "The war in Syria is also between Washington and Moscow," and asserts: "Both are interested in ending the crisis, each for its own reason."
Haaretz comments on the report issued this week by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira, which surveys the situation in Lod over the past 12 years. The editor notes that the situation in the city has not changed during this period, despite the fact that it was managed by a council appointed by the Interior Ministry and despite some NIS 250 million in government funds the city received between 2006 and 2010, and asserts: “The case of the city of Lod is a continued national failure, for which the residents have been paying the price for too many years.”
The Jerusalem Post discusses the dispute between environmentalists and developers over the fate of the Israel’s coastline and coastal dunes, and notes that “The current government has worked to pass comprehensive legislation to protect the coast.” The editor believes that it would be best “if the coastal zone became part of a national master plan to create a network of local authorities, planning institutions, and environmental and archeological interests, to create a streamlined planning process for the zone that would prevent piecemeal decisions that affect individual areas.”
[Semadar Peri, Yael Paz-Melamed and Boaz Bismout wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma\’ariv and Yisrael Hayom respectively.]