The Jerusalem Post contends that the recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks should be perceived as more than simply the results of personal initiative, despite the official government line, and point out that the fervor constantly whipped up by the Palestinian Authority media is nothing short of “public sanction for terrorism.” The editor suggests that any attempt to downplay the resultant terrorism as a chance accrual of unrelated, inconsequential incidents will only serve to fan the flames of hatred and boost the belligerence of predatory wolves, lone or otherwise, and concludes: “The Israeli public can afford no delusions about what Abbas willfully encourages against us.”
Haaretz comments on a new bill proposed by MK Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beiteinu), which is designed to broaden the range of reasons used to disqualify candidates wishing to run for parliament and asserts: “A democracy is not possible without a representation of minorities and criticism of government policies. Gal’s proposal threatens to violate these basic democratic principles.” The editor declares that the proposed bill is “yet another assault on Israel’s embattled democracy,” and calls on the government to reject this proposal out of hand.
Yediot Aharonot exposes the very personal relations between the French and Qatari regimes during the presidential terms of former President Nicolas Sarkozy and incumbent President Francois Hollande, and asserts: “In an attempt to save its sinking economy, France provided its foreign policy as a guarantee to an Arab dictatorship in the Persian Gulf, which is the most hostile Arab state towards Israel and one of the supporters of terror in Syria and Iraq.” Based on documents exposed recently by WikiLeaks, the author surmises that Israel is part of the payment to Qatar, and declares: “from now on, we should not believe a word coming from Paris until proven otherwise. And France, which is immersed in petrodollars with a suspicious odor, should be the last one allowed to meddle in our affairs.”
Yisrael Hayom discusses the jihadi terror attacks that took place almost simultaneously last Friday on three continents, apparently in celebration of the first anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and asserts: “The Islamic State now specializes in exporting terrorism. This is not an encouraging sign for the future.” The author declares: “Islamic State must be eliminated — no ifs, ands or buts. Yet there are many who do not realize this and are satisfied with sporadic airstrikes against the group, even as it spreads death and mayhem around the world,” and states: “In the war on terror, U.S. President Barack Obama is getting a failing grade.”
[Guy Bechor and Boaz Bismuth wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]