(Israel Government Press Office)
Yediot Aharonot discusses the conference of non-aligned nations currently taking place in Iran. The author asserts, "It is incorrect to devote special attention to the farce in Tehran," and adds, "It is a pity that the Secretary-General of the United Nations is hurting both his organization and himself by attending the conference."
Two papers refer to yesterday’s Haifa District Court verdict in the matter of Rachel Corrie:
Ma’ariv cites Judge Oded Gershon’s opinion regarding the International Solidarity Movement with which the late Miss Corrie was affiliated: "The Organization exploits the dialogue regarding human rights and morality to blur the severity of its actions, which are, in fact, expressed through violence." The author laments the tragedy of Corrie’s death but suggests that "Corrie became the victim of propaganda and incitement, which led her to profound hatred. Let there be no mistake here. Rachel Corrie was not only obsessively anti-Israeli, she was also anti-American. She completely adopted the principles of the red-green (radical left and jihadist) coalition."
The paper notes, "Minutes after the verdict was delivered, her father claimed that his daughter was trying to prevent a home demolition. He will not let the facts confuse him," and reminds its readers that the object of the IDF work during which Miss Corrie was killed was, as Judge Gershon put it, "solely to clear the ground," which had been used as cover by terrorists to attack IDF forces.
The author believes that, "This was an important verdict because the principal claim in the framework of the war of demonization is that Israel intentionally harms the innocent. This was the story in the Muhammad Al-Dura affair; this was Goldstone’s chief claim, and it continues to reverberate even after he recanted; and it was the claim of the Rachel Corrie campaign. Judge Oded Gershon wisely saw fit to refute the claim." The paper concludes: "It is not over. Libels against Israel can easily overcome obstacles as negligible as reality, facts, data and evidence. Yet for those who seek truth, the verdict is refreshing news. After so many lies, the truth has finally had its moment."
The Jerusalem Post comments: "The circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s tragic death should be a wake-up call for the ISM and other organizations and media outlets that have taken it upon themselves to single out Israel rather than confront the real violators of human rights in the region. Unfortunately but not unpredictably, the ruling is being presented by some news media as an attempt by Israel to whitewash war crimes. If anyone is responsible for what happened to Rachel Corrie besides Corrie herself, it is the International Solidarity Movement, the anti-Zionist organization that provided her with training in “direct action” tactics before bringing her to the ISM-organized demonstration in Rafah."
Haaretz comments on the upcoming Migron settlement decision: "The Migron affair is due to come to an end this week. The High Court of Justice ruling on whether 17 families living on the outpost will be allowed to stay, because they say they purchased their land legally, is scheduled for 10 A.M. Tuesday morning. Over the past few weeks, efforts have been made to convince the outpost’s other 33 families to evacuate and the cabinet resolution to uphold the court ruling. The extensive publicity the outpost has received has turned it into a test case for the rule of law and Israeli justice in the occupied territories. Unfortunately, the evacuation of Migron will not be able to serve as a test case for the government’s policy on peace or settlements. The evacuation of Migron (unless it gets deferred at the last minute) is an exception that proves the rule of outposts gone wild."
Yisrael Hayom commends Israel’s Paralympic athletes and says that, "What makes handicapped sports unique is the emphasis on overcoming all obstacles." The author, who is chairing Israel’s delegation to the Paralympics, notes that, "Most of the athletes in the delegation are handicapped IDF veterans who gave of their bodies and souls for the State of Israel and do not want anything in return except one thing – broader recognition."
[Ephraim Halevy, Ben-Dror Yemini and Chaim Bar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Ma’ariv and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]