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Yisrael Hayom  – http://www.israelhayom.co.il
Hazofeh – http://www.hazofe.co.il

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


(Government Press Office)

All five papers discuss various issues regarding last Friday night’s murderous terrorist attack in Itamar:

Yediot Aharonot commends the Government’s decision to proceed with the construction of 400 additional housing units in several major settlement blocs.  The author asserts that "When something extreme happens, like what happened in Itamar, one must act immediately and approving construction is an immediate action with a clear message to the other side: You will only lose from such terrorism."  The paper says that the decision also bears a message to the world, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anticipated diplomatic speech, namely that "Ariel, Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion will be part of any future agreement."  The author notes that the decision to build did not include Itamar because "The settlement blocs are not in dispute and the time has come for the other side to understand this."

Ma’ariv asserts that "There is no need to capture those who murdered the Fogels; there is no reason to apprehend them."  The author adds that "And in my humble opinion, they must not ‘be brought to justice.’  The creatures that perpetrated this animalistic act must be eliminated.  The order to the ISA, the IDF and whoever else is involved in this holy work, should be very simple: Find these criminals and kill them, on the spot."  The paper says that the alternative – that they might be tried in Israel, sentenced to a mere 30 years in a luxurious prison, "and be released in this or that prisoners deal, because in the end, we always break and release" – is too infuriating.

Yisrael Hayom contends that part of the problem vis-à-vis Israel’s image "was revealed, in worrying fashion, in the reportage of distinguished networks such as CNN and the BBC, which refrained from depicting the abominable murder as Palestinian terrorism. In their words, the murderer was merely an ‘intruder’, the terrorist with the knife was someone ‘whom the Israeli military calls a terrorist’.  This is astounding: Even the Palestinian Authority website expresses more reservations over the horror in Itamar than Western networks, which purport to honor a professional journalist’s code of ethics."  The author declares that "The Government Press Office correctly demanded an apology from CNN, which lined up alongside terrorism.  Nothing will really come of this because an apology and condemnation that are extracted under pressure are suspect, whereas the initial distortion in the American and British media attests to a basic hostility towards Israel."  The paper believes that, if it becomes clear that the murder in Itamar was an isolated event, and if the price tag that extremist settlers are trying to collect from their Palestinian neighbors does not rekindle the intifada, then the diplomatic discussion will return to the same configuration in which it has been stuck for weeks.  Neither the murder, nor the price tag, nor the government’s construction permits will form the diplomatic picture in the Middle East.  For that, the region is waiting for Netanyahu’s plan and Abu Mazen’s response."

The Jerusalem Post contemplates the possible reasons leading to the ruthless massacre of the Fogel family in their sleep, and concludes that nothing can ‘explain’ or ‘legitimize’ this horror. The editor believes that the incitement against Israel by the Palestinian Authority brings us closer to understanding how Palestinian terrorists could bring themselves to perpetrate such a despicable act, and adds: “Reflecting, as it does, the Palestinians’ insistent refusal to internalize the Jews’ fundamental right to sovereignty anywhere in this disputed land, it also represents the single biggest obstacle to a peaceful resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.”

Haaretz comments on the despicable murder of five members of the Fogel family, and states that while it is a despicable crime against every human being, “A responsible government would act now to calm and not to escalate, to pursue a diplomatic solution and not a belligerent confrontation.”

[Hanoch Daoum, Ben Caspit and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]