Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Yisrael Hayom


The Jerusalem Post addresses Pope Francis’ reference to “Turkey’s brutal massacre of about 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children during World War I as genocide,” and calls for Israel should recognize massacre as genocide. Beyond the moral obligation, the editor argues, Israel has a special duty: “Founded in the shadow of the Holocaust, the State of Israel is a living testament to the failure of the international community to prevent genocide.” The editor adds: “The Armenian Genocide is a chilling reminder of the dangers that Christians, Jews and other religious and ethnic minorities face in this part of the world,” and concludes: “Those who deny genocide tend to be those who want to see one happen again. Iran’s mullahs are promoters of Holocaust denial who regularly vow to wipe Israel off the map.”


Haaretz criticizes the Zionist Union party on its apparent attempt to seek its way into the fourth Netanyahu government, and asserts: “despite the tempting prospect of a relatively moderate government that would succeed in halting some of the waves of dangerous legislation, and that might even soften the trend of increasing hatred and incitement against Israeli Arabs, Zionist Union must not betray the trust of its voters and of the peace-and-democracy camp.” The editor stresses: “Zionist Union, with the 24 seats it received from Israelis wanting a change, must not render a clearly right-wing regime kosher, or try to beautify its ugly face to the international community,” and calls on the party leaders to refrain from encouraging “the gallop toward the end of the democratic Zionist dream that has resulted solely from extreme right-wing governments and the settlements.”


Yediot Aharonot examines the reasons behind the Israel’s bland response to the announcement of Russia’s intent to sell advanced air defense missiles to Iran, and believes this is because “Russia has already cancelled its embargo on the selling of S-300 missiles to Iran twice in the past, and then changed its mind when Israel’s demands become greater,” and speculates that “It is possible that Putin just wanted to flex a muscle and then change his mind later.”


Yisrael Hayom states that the relationship between the Holocaust and the establishment of Israel is not one of cause and effect despite the fact that “the establishment of the state after the Holocaust created among Israel’s enemies the myth of a cause and effect relationship.”


Globes believes the US offers proven solutions for affordable housing that Israel could adopt, and comments that if the State of Israel would implement the US example and fund 97% of the purchase price as a 30-year loan secured as a first deed of trust against the property, this would bring the purchase well within the financial limitations of most families. The author notes that, as an added bonus, “such programs would also fuel the economy, so that this becomes a win-win situation for everyone.”


[Ron Ben-Yishai, Uri Heitner and Ron Diller wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Yisrael Hayom and Globes, respectively.]