(Government Press Office)
Yediot Aharonot notes the applause with which many delegates at the Durban II conference in Geneva greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech and asserts that, "The harsh conclusion is that more than one country in the world, more than ten, and not all of them Islamic, are ready to support wiping the State of Israel off the map." The author declares that, "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was absolutely right when he said and says that we are alone," and believes that, "The Americans will not lift a finger unless it becomes clear that the main target is America." The paper urges the country, "to prepare for war in an arena and at a time not to our liking."
Ma'ariv believes that some are going too far in lavishing praise on Tel Aviv, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, and contrasts it with Jerusalem: "When Tel Aviv becomes an architectural jewel, the grotesque has reached the absurd. In their eyes, every housing development is Bauhaus and every public park the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. And against these phony verbal orgasms, there is a thunderous silence toward the place in which there really is the most dramatic concentration of architecture, beauty and delightful treasures – Jerusalem. It has problems but the contrast between populations and styles, creates a genuinely fascinating reality."
Yisrael Hayom comments on reports to the effect that the US administration will condition support for Israel against Iran on the evacuation of settlements. The author avers that, "The proposal 'Yitzhar in exchange for Bushehr' is severe because it attests that Israelis' right to live is not a given," and believes that, "Unless the Americans make it clear that their policy is completely different, the Israeli government must embark on an open confrontation with the administration," because, "the right to live need not be conditional on any remuneration, to anyone."
The Jerusalem Post discusses the issue of freedom of the press, which is very much on the agenda at the Durban II conference, and states that, "At stake is the question of whether Muslim and Arab delegates will succeed in imposing their free press "standards" on other civilizations." As the conference will be voting on whether to include in its closing policy statement a clause prohibiting "incitement," the editor warns that, "If Durban II supports the anti-incitement clause, the Muslim and Arab world will have succeeded in insinuating its illiberal attitude toward the press on the international community."
Haaretz appeals for the protection of whistle-blowers, those officials who disclose corruption in their organizations. While the editor has no complaint with the desire to enclose the state's secrets within a sturdy wall, he feels that, "The agencies of law enforcement and proper government, are obligated to protect those who disclose corruption. Without them, the State of Israel will rot away."
[Eitan Haber, Nadav Haetzni and Gonen Ginat wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma'ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]