Media scoundrels don't explain. They support what demands condemnation. Haaretz is a notable exception. At times, it tries having it both ways.
Recent articles, commentaries and editorials expressed concern about Netanyahu. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was quoted. He accused Netanyahu of wasting billions of dollars on "adventurous fantasies" and "military delusions."
Haaretz said "If Olmert didn't exist, Netanyahu would have had to invent him." He didn't challenge him directly. He responded by press release, interviews, and cabinet meeting remarks.
Doing so "didn't risk his hide one bit." Olmert isn't running this time. Likudniks hate him. He's a convenient target. Netanyahu shuns debates. He prefers beating up on Iran. He hypes nonexistent threats.
On January 13, Haaretz headlined "2012 deficit figures expose Israeli government failure," saying:
Deficit and tax revenues "are significantly worse than" earlier stated goals. Targets were missed by a mile. Doing so provides "further evidence that economic policies of the past few years have failed."
It also reflects hardline control. Extremists Israelis should reject run things. They're paying the price for voting the wrong way. They show no signs of changing. Nothing ahead looks promising.
On January 14, Haaretz headlined "Netanyahu government doubled budget deficit to buy votes," saying:
Israel's Finance Ministry announced it. FY 2012 spending doubled the 2% of GDP target to 4.2%. Israel's budget deficit is NIS (New Israel Shekel) 39 billion (about $10 billion).
In 2013, painful cuts loom. Expect around NIS 14 billion, experts say. Last year's deficit "testifies to the policy of waste and reckless spending that has characterized the past two years," said Haaretz.
Israelis will pay the price. Holding Netanyahu accountable is essential. Opposition parties won't dare.
"They supported, encouraged and applauded every time the Netanyahu government increased spending. In fact, they wanted even higher salaries, larger budgets and more extensive grants. How can they complain now about the deficit?"
Labor's Shelly Yachimovich talk about "social hell and economic chaos" rings hollow. Haaretz said she supported every budget increase for "education, defense, the settlements, (ultra-Orthodox) Haredim (priorities), the yeshivas," and much more.
She and most other MKs never asked what Israel could afford. "Is their no limit to their audacity," asked Haaretz?
Enough is enough. "It's time for our leaders (to) tell Israelis the truth about what awaits us this year."
On January 14, a Haaretz editorial headlined what's unimaginable in America. No US print or broadcast media would dare urge "Slash the defense budget."