Haaretz
Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Ma’ariv
Globes
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

 

The Jerusalem Post comments on the investigation in Argentina into the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish prosecutor who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, and reminds readers that “In the 400 days since Nisman’s body was found, a combination of political corruption, infighting among branches of the judiciary and incompetence has stymied investigations.” The editor reflects on new findings in the investigation, and states: “If Argentina’s political leaders and judicial system can bring Nisman’s murderers to justice – assuming he was indeed murdered – there is hope that Argentina will realize its true potential as an economic and cultural powerhouse. If, on the other hand, the Nisman case and the investigation in the 1994 bombing remain obscured by a paralyzed legal system and an irredeemably corrupt political system, the unrealized potential of Argentina that Argentineans so often lament will remain out of reach.”

Haaretz is angered by the government’s refusal to employ skilled and willing local Arab-Israelis, preferring instead to import foreign workers to fill these jobs. The editor contends that while this much-needed integration “would admittedly require a long-term investment and, above all, a genuine desire to integrate Arab citizens into the heart of Israeli business life,” it is nevertheless “the job of a government, which is supposed to look out for all its citizens.”

Yediot Aharonot expresses guarded hopes for elections in Iran, and states: “Early results promise Iranian reformists a big victory in Tehran’s parliament, but while the youth and the Green Movement want to open up to the West, the conservative establishment does not intend to give up power.”

Israel Hayom believes the recent attempted murder of unarmed security guard Maaleh Adumim signifies and escalation of the so-called "lone-wolf" intifada, because the attacker and victim worked together at the same company and were acquainted. The author believes, however, that “the policy of restraint is the right one to adhere to, despite the heart’s inclination to act more forcefully,” but warns: “as the wave of terrorism continues to escalate, the government will find it difficult to maintain the policy of restraint it has adopted since the first stabbing attack.”

Globes discusses the elections in the US, and states: “The Trump/Cruz/Sanders phenomenon indicates that the electoral contest is now between the party of rage and fear (Republican) and the party of envy and resentment (Democrat).” The author argues that “Economic stagnation and massive over-indebtedness has resulted in a lack of legal investment opportunities for this tsunami of liquidity,” leading to ever-increasing level of profits in the criminal economy,” and warns that if no steps are taken to encourage the expansion of capital ownership in the population as a whole in the West, “social entropy and its resulting political manifestations will continue to increase, until the fabric of civilized society is torn beyond repair.”

[Smadar Perry, Dan Margalit and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]