The Jerusalem Post notes that “The US and other Western nations have caved in on a few basic principles that essentially pave the way for Iran to become a threshold nuclear state,” and stresses that now, in the final rounds of talks, “It is imperative that they change tack before it is too late.” The editor concedes that the US decision to ignore Iran’s support for terrorism abroad and its suppression of political opposition at home, in an attempt to focus on the truly important issue of nuclear weapons control is understandable, but adds that this position is defendable “only on condition that the deal signed with Iran contains the requisite elements for preventing it from achieving nuclear capability.”
Haaretz asserts that the Interior Ministry’s new deportation program “brings to new heights the ongoing cruelty to asylum seekers, while breaking international law and principles set down by High Court of Justice rulings,” and calls on Interior Minister Silvan Shalom and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to “stop the persecution and abuse of the asylum seekers.”
Yediot Aharonot feels that the increasing radicalization of Islamist terror means that the West must reassess its policy on combatting it, and asserts: “the rules of the game must be changed.” The author asks: “should incitement and recruitment websites remain active under the protection of freedom of expression? Should the huge funding arriving from Qatar be stopped through legislation? Should activists affiliated with jihad or imams nurturing radicalization be expelled?” and adds: “The free world knows that the answers to these questions are at its doorstep. It is finding it difficult to deal with them”.
compares Islamic State terror against the West to a plague, and states: “This is the time when all the sane actors in the world, those who haven’t been dazzled by political correctness, and whose thinking hasn’t been castrated by irresponsible thinkers, should unite to save Western civilization.” The author reminds readers that “the Western ethos is much broader and more ancient than that of the beheaders. The book at the foundation of Western culture, the Bible, features the myth of the Garden of Eden at the very beginning. God asks the man why he ate the forbidden fruit, then asks the woman. But He doesn’t ask the snake; He punishes it immediately,” and asserts: “That’s a warning light for the human race right at its beginning: You don’t negotiate with snakes and you don’t try to understand them; you cut off their heads, or they’ll do the only thing they know how to do, bite.”
[Ben-Dror Yemini and Dror Eydar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Yisrael Hayom, respectively.]