Land and taxes: what the press says about Israel’s plan in Glasgow

Glasgow calling: The eyes of the world are on Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit that kicks off there on Monday, and Israeli media also have at least a half-traveler in that direction.

  • Most Israeli news sites feature premieres of the summit as one of their best stories on Monday morning – if you count the coverage of comments by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who only touched on the weather. shortly before boarding a carbon-spitting plane to Scotland. And COP26 is also making headlines in the Big Three dailies, although only one, Yedioth Ahronoth, really puts it in the spotlight.
  • “The world is waking up” reads the front page of the newspaper, which includes a cartoon accompanying the package (as if there weren’t enough pictures of parched deserts or flooded towns) showing world leaders drowning in an hourglass.
  • Along with this optimistic tone, the newspaper does not feature either of its two correspondents, who note that the absences of Russia and China sufficiently alter the summit’s goals, but rather Moran Broza, a young Israeli climate activist who is also in Scotland. (The diary uses a photo of Broza with Greta Thornburg, in case it’s unclear why he chose her.)
  • “As all politicians come together in Scotland to try to come up with a comprehensive plan, we must remember that we don’t have to wait for them,” she wrote, reminding readers that anyone can make the change to her -same.
  • This optimism is not far off. Kan notes that while major Western countries have pledged to cut emissions by 40-70% by 2030, Israel has pledged a low rate of 27% and only recently raised the idea of ​​zero emissions. by 2050. vision a reality? It’s not clear, because we don’t have a climate law that would turn goals into something you don’t just declare, but actually do. But at least there’s the ad. That we have.”
  • “The reality is clear, Israel is not doing enough,” Shuli Nazar, senior official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, told military radio. “Even though we have met our targets in the 2015 Paris Agreement, we are still on an upward trend in carbon emissions. Today is the opportunity for a change.
  • In Haaretz, Lee Yaron writes: “Due to Israel’s lack of action, diplomatic sources and environmental groups are hopeful that Bennett’s participation in the conference and his plan to showcase Israel’s modest climate goals could help the prime minister achieve the urgency of the crisis. Officials also hope it will push Bennett to take more substantial action. So far, Bennett has only hosted one professional discussion on the matter, which took place ahead of his August meeting with President Joe Biden. “
  • ToI’s Sue Surkes notes that a big part of the meeting will be about finding ways to make money talking to polluters, encouraging greener lanes, but Israel isn’t sending a single finance ministry official. . At least others are getting to work.
  • “The Ministry of Environmental Protection strongly wants the country’s banks, financial organizations and insurance companies to integrate climate risks into their investment decisions,” she writes. “[Minister Tamar] Zandberg and his team hope that the talks and agreement in Glasgow on financial mechanisms will help the Israeli trade delegation to the conference, and the finance ministry back to Israel, better understand that the world is changing course.
  • Even if the fools and technocrats have a cool head, well… Channel 12 reports long lines that pass through some ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods until Sunday night. Not for the Halloween candy bargains, but for the disposable plastic bargains, which are taxed from Monday morning.
  • “Entire families have lined up for many hours to buy huge amounts of plastic and save thousands of shekels, before the plastic tax, which will double the cost of the most basic good for every Haredi household. Even self-help groups and charities got involved to help needy families shop at cheaper prices.

2. Climate of fear: As for getting Bennett and the others’ attention, good luck. Israel Hayom explains it most clearly, with a front-page headline titled “Climate in the Air and Iran on the Table,” noting that Bennett and 119 of his friends may be in the climate confab, but he doesn’t. It’s not really here to talk about carbon capture technology.

  • “The world came to cold Glasgow to keep the world from warming up, Israel went to stop its cold war [with Iran] to get hot, ”writes the newspaper’s Ariel Kahana, which also calls the conference the most important of the year.
  • Kahana also claims that Israel’s bombastic statements about Iran, which included an interview Bennett gave to the Sunday Times and a great General Tal Kelmen to a Bahraini newspaper, are aimed at Washington even more than at Tehran. But in Haaretz, Amos Harel says that the United States (or Iran) is not really paying attention to Israel’s verbal diarrhea: “These remarks won’t change much, just like the image of an American bomber escorted through space air from the Middle East by Israeli and Egyptian planes (separately) will not scare anyone in Tehran for fear.
  • Iran may be on the agenda when Bennett meets with world leaders, but he has a whole different issue on his mind as he visits Scotland. “The Prime Minister went to the most important conference held in Glasgow recently, but along the way he somewhat forgot the critical issues of the planet which he will be discussing,” writes Shalom Yerushalmi of Zman Yisrael . “Bennett is focused on the budget. The theoretical option that the budget will not pass, the government will fall and we will go to the election is driving him crazy.
  • While many see the budget as pretty much a done deal, politicians and their supporters continue to argue over the plan on the air, without lacking in exhilaration here either. “This is a terrible, tough budget, full of tax cuts and increases,” former finance minister Israel Katz told military radio. “It includes a reform that I pushed as a minister, but the government cut it because all the money went to Abbas and Hamas.
  • “There has never been a more social budget, there is nothing that I asked that I did not get,” Social Affairs Minister Haim Cohen told the same station. “I think it will pass. Despite the arguments, all ministers understand its importance.
  • Omer Bar-Lev describes the coalition’s budgetary approach to Kan, although he might as well speak of Iran (but not the climate crisis): “We have to keep a cool head, but at the same time not not let your guard down. i don’t think it will [get voted down], but there’s a good chance that, if it doesn’t work, it will be because we weren’t belted, therefore we are.

3. The rent is too high: The government has a lot of internal issues and struggles, including a plan, announced on Sunday, to bring down house prices by building new homes like crazy and cutting red tape, among other measures. But Monday’s news arena has a fair amount of realism and criticism of the plan.

  • Channel 12’s Noa Reichman, delving deep into the details of the plan, says the state could have done a solid job of simply looking at property tax rates, which are high for offices and low for residential, leading to a situation in which local councils actively try to curb growth because tax revenues do not follow.
  • “Instead of getting around the problem and trying to force local councils to build, while paying them for development plans, the government could have raised property taxes and lowered commercial occupancy taxes, and eliminated land altogether. ‘obstacle.”
  • Ultimately, she predicts it could have far-reaching effects down the line, but it’s probably aimed too small: “In the end, the government presented a plan that didn’t have explosive headlines, without commitments. revolutionary ideas, ”she writes. “The plan gets to the heart of the matter and tries to create far-reaching reforms in the state planning process, and mostly deals only with the one thing over which the state has control: the supply of apartments. residential. “
  • In Israel Hayom, columnist Eren Bar-Tal writes that the plan is so modest that it doesn’t even set prices down as a target.
  • “Even though Minister Ayelet Shaked says the plan should at least lower prices, it is not noted as a target,” he wrote.
  • One of the biggest criticisms of the plan concerns its crackdown on private homes used for Airbnb rentals, and their ilk. But several Airbnb owners told Walla News their old tourist units should not be targeted because the coronavirus has killed tourism. Some say the units are now being used for long term rentals anyway, while others don’t think they should suffer any more. “If this passes, it will seriously affect my income,” said one of them. “Already because of the virus my income is down, my apartment does not bring in enough because there are no tourists, I pay out of my pocket every month.”
  • But Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin told Military Radio that only hotel owners should be able to enjoy tourist stays: “The tourism market is down, so the hotel rooms we have are sufficient. Meanwhile, there is a huge shortage of apartments for rent. The country is obliged to provide housing for young couples who want to rent.

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