​​Haaretz
Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Ma’ariv
Globes
Israel Hayom

 

The Jerusalem Post wonders at the new ruling by Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, which bars smartphone users from leading prayers, and notes that this is but a natural progression “that began with banning television sets, then extended to computers with only partial success, and is now threatening the world’s most ubiquitous means of communication.” The editor believes that the motivation behind these rulings is not revulsion at the “abomination” of the pornography that is readily available online, “but more ominously at the open access to the Internet and its unlimited, uncensored information,” and asserts: “Like the possible coming of the Messiah, religious tolerance in Israel and particularly its capital is still awaited, but not necessarily patiently. Too many haredi adherents – particularly the youth – find no contradiction, for example, in desecrating the Sabbath by stoning passing cars in order to protest against Sabbath desecration.”
Haaretz criticizes the IDF for being Israel’s biggest polluter, and calls for the implementation and enforcement of robust and effective enforcement measures that would hopefully pressure the army to change its ways. The editor contends that despite clear orders form the chief of staff, the army “continues to cause extensive contamination in many places,” and demands that if the Environmental Protection Ministry and the Defense Ministry are unable to improve the situation, then “it is high time for the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene and help complete the process.”
Yediot Aharonot believes that PM Netanyahu is correct to reject US capitulation to Iran, but states that “his very just fight against the Iran nuclear deal only serves to divide American Jewry and exacerbate crisis between Israel and the US.” The author states: “In the current circumstances, we need to cooperate with the American administration to minimize the damage. We have no use for ego games that lead to intransigence,” and argues that something has gone wrong in the past few months: “Netanyahu who was right, has turned into a Netanyahu who is not acting smart. And Netanyahu isn’t the one who is losing. Israel is.”
Israel Hayom comments on the calm on Israel’s northern border following the elimination of the terrorist cell that fired rockets at the Golan Heights and the Galilee area last week, and feels that most likely this indicates that the event is behind us, but warns: “this is a temporary calm and Iran’s attempt to use its local proxies to attack Israel will continue.” The author believes that Israel is hopeful that its unusually wide-ranging strike against 14 targets in Syria belonging to the divisions that allowed the terrorists to reach the border and perpetrate the attack from areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces will deliver a clear message that would guarantee peace and quiet on the Israel-Syria border in the near future, but cautions: “it is clear that the northern border has not seen its last rocket attack.”
Globes attempts to discern whether Transport Minister Yisrael Katz’s assumption of responsibility for the Tel Aviv light rail was a fatal error or shrewd maneuver, and contends that what it boils down to is that “Katz regards the light rail as a way to make his mark.”  The author notes that despite the public’s low expectations, general lack of acclaim, and prophecies of doom, nevertheless “The light rail will bring colorless Katz into living rooms and innumerable weekend conversations – what politician can resist a platform like that?”
[Ben-Dror Yemini, Yoav Limor and Amiram Barkat wrote today’s articles in Yisrael Hayom, Yediot Aharonot and Globes, respectively.]