Yediot Aharonot comments on the state of Turkey-Israel relations and reminds its readers that "This week, Erdogan made one of his ridiculous remarks that Israel is perpetrating murder in Gaza but it seems that nobody takes the Turkish President seriously anymore; not abroad, and it appears not at home either." The author points out that "Despite Erdogan's threats, Israel has not apologized following the events regarding the Mavi Marmara, has not compensated the injured and has not lifted the maritime blockade on Gaza. Nevertheless, bilateral trade has increased by 30%, from $3.4 billion in 2010 to $4.5 billion in 2011."
Ma'ariv notes the compromise that has been reached regarding Migron. The author, a resident of Migron, writes: "Let's stop and think for a moment. Under the Iranian threat, under the things that are flying at the south and which are ready to be launched at the north, as Syria falls apart with who-knows-what consequences, are the residents of Migron, Givat Asaf, Hebron and Yitzhar the reason for the conflict in the Middle East? Are they the source of the threat?"
Yisrael Hayom discusses the Iranian threat and avers that "If there is a real chance to cause Iran to give up its nuclear project without the use of force by Israel and/or America and/or Europe, it is based on the ability of Netanyahu and his ministers to create a credible atmosphere that their warnings are not in vain."
The Jerusalem Post is shocked by recent electricity bills "which are a whopping 25 percent higher than in the comparable period last year." Combined with the increase in cost of other utilities and with no reprieve in sight, the editor calls on the government "to evince greater flexibility," for instance by lowering VAT on assorted replacement fuels to render them fractionally more economical and by easing environmental-based constraints.
Haaretz discusses the suspicion that commercial television stations have been selling news coverage on their morning newscasts, and declares that "The television and radio authority cannot allow this madness to go on any longer." While the editor allows that "Ending it will be difficult, because franchisees have gotten used to relying on this source of easy money," he nevertheless concludes: "television has grown addicted. And only vigorous enforcement can wean it from its addiction."
[Ayelet Shaked, Maayan Wertman and Yoav Limor wrote today's articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma'ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]