Haaretz
Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Ma’ariv
Globes
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

 

The Jerusalem Post is alarmed by the sharp increase in Israel’s road fatalities, and points out that the danger facing Israeli citizens on the roadways is worse than any security threat. The editor feels that “the 2015 spike in accidents may very well be linked to the ubiquity of cellphone addiction,” and, calling for enhanced enforcement, adds: “One way to enhance enforcement would be to recruit more volunteers to the Traffic Police.”

Haaretz welcomes the appointment pf ly Nadav Argaman as the new head of the Shin Bet security service, and asserts: “Argaman’s major challenge is both professional and ideological. Apart from dealing with the sharp rise in Palestinian terrorism and the fear that the stabbing attacks of recent months will turn into mass terror attacks, the new Shin Bet chief is also responsible for protecting Israeli democracy from those threatening to undermine it and confine it.”

Yediot Aharonot stresses that the Russians have brought about a turning point in favor of the Assad regime in the Syrian Civil War but notes that the vicious yet effective “new strategy to prop Assad up is to destroy rebels’ power base through ethnic cleansing, forcing supporters to flee as refugees to neighboring countries and eventually Europe.”

Israel Hayom discusses former PM Olmert’s abrupt about face when he resigned as mayor of Jerusalem and joined the government, and when, “As prime minister, he suggested dividing Jerusalem and turned his back on all his past oaths and promises,” and asserts: “ex-PM Ehud Olmert’s crimes and political about-face were motivated by personal gain.”

Globes comments on the “confusing spectacle” of the US presidential elections, and notes that while it’s not clear who will ultimately be up to the task, or how it will pan out for Israel, it is certain that “The next US president will face intractable problems.”

[Ron Ben-Yishai, Nadav Shragai and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]