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

 

The Jerusalem Post opines that “In its single-minded pursuit of a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has adopted a Syria-policy rich in rhetoric and empty of real action,” that has resulted in “the gradual but steady strengthening of the Islamic State.” The editor contends that Islamic State is buttressed by the death of every Syrian child killed the Assad regime, which convinces others that if the ‘international community’ can muster nothing but words, perhaps the self-styled Islamic State caliph can offer protection, and states: “As members of the US Congress and the leaders of the other P5+1 nations review the pros and cons of the Iran deal, they should take into consideration not just the many lacunas in the fine print but the ramifications of an Islamic Republic unrestrained by sanctions and treated with kid gloves by the US and other foreign powers.”
Haaretz praises former Defense Minister Ehud Barak for disclosing details from the deliberations in the previous government over attacking Iranian nuclear facilities,  and states: “The Israeli public should know that its leaders, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seriously considering going to war against a regional power, and that their plan was blocked thanks to the determination of politicians and public servants who refused to say ‘Yes’ and who stood up against the military adventure.” The editor points out that a war with Iran would have spilled over into confrontation with other forces in the region, starting with Hezbollah and its tens of thousands of missiles, and adds: “The opponents and the hesitators, who saved the lives of hundreds and perhaps thousands of Israelis and prevented large-scale attacks and destruction, therefore deserve an Israeli security prize — and not the scorn of the former defense minister.”
Yediot Aharonot compares the Israeli government that authorized the Entebbe Operation in 1976 to the current one after its release of Mohammed Allaan, a hunger-striking Palestinian administrative detainee who was released in a manner that “is the complete logical opposite of any judicial system that knows what it is doing,” and contends: “Since the Entebbe Operation, passivity has been lurking in the background.”  The author opines that today, Israeli governments reach a decision only when they are left with no choice: “We’re waiting on another Palestinian initiative at the UN, waiting on the Americans’ agreement with Iran, and only then do we launch a campaign. Waiting for the moment an administrative detainee is in critical condition to release him.”
Israel Hayom alleges that Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas intends to resign from his ‎position in the near future, and is concerned that “Abbas may never have a strong successor, and thus the PA territories are likely to fall ‎into various levels of turmoil once he leaves. Common sense dictates that Hamas will ‎try to infiltrate the West Bank further, as it has been doing, slowly but surely.‎” The author contends that if this occurs and endless unrest breaks out, Israel will be obliged to take over the PA areas, but adds: “While the Palestinian public hates Israel, it prefers the lifestyle that Israel once brought to the West Bank over the PA’s corrupt rule.”
Globes discusses the effects of global economic fluctuations on local fiscal behavior, in light of the recent turmoil in the international markets, and speculates that with regard to the weekly interest rate decision, “[Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug’s] decision will be to wait and see how the current story develops.” After tomorrow, the author adds, “Flug’s considerations could be different, in view of the possible worsening of the currencies war.”
[Yoaz Hendel, Mudar Zahran and Avi Temkin wrote today’s articles in Yisrael Hayom, Yediot Aharonot and Globes, respectively.]