Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post marks the 20th anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and states: “Yitzhak Rabin laid down his life on the altar of peace. His legacy will emerge in the appearance of religious and political leaders who envision a better future and work toward it with similar dedication and pragmatism. Rabin’s legacy, his blessing, is the ongoing Zionist commitment to a better future for the people of Israel in its homeland.”
Haaretz attacks Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked for her weak condemnation of blunt remarks made by her party colleague, MK Moti Yogev, and notes that the comments “are problematic not just in style, but mainly because they reflect a basic misunderstanding of the role played by the top courts.” The editor censures Yogev’s criticism, which he believes “relates solely to his desire to have the court rule selectively: against Palestinians, and in favor of Jewish settlers,” and asserts: “in a democratic state, the court’s role is not to fulfill a one-sided political need, but rather to ensure the rule of law, which prevents injustice and murderous anarchy.” The editor contends that through his positions, Yogev represents the extreme settler right-wing, for whom the rule of law is just an obstacle on the path toward achievement of its goals, and calls upon Justice Minister Shaked to “loudly and clearly condemn the forces of incitement against the court in order to protect the judiciary, rule of law and democracy.”
Yediot Aharonot responds to two Jewish-American Professors, Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl, who wrote an editorial for the Washington Post about why they now support a boycott of Israel, and reminds them that “The occupation and the settlements which you see as the reason there’s not peace were created after 1967.” The author notes that the PLO was established in 1964 – three years before the occupation – in order to enact terrorism, while the Palestinian attacks of Zionist Jews who came here started long before that, and states: “Blessed are the dreamers who sit far away from the range of Palestinian knives, away from the rockets gathered by Hamas after Israel backed out of Gaza, far away from disintegrating countries and Muslims who slaughter their co-religionists.”
Israel Hayom comments on Iran’s participation in the talks in Vienna on Friday on the conflict in Syria, which, the author believes, is “a manifestation of new, post-nuclear deal order in both the world as a whole and the Middle East in particular.” The author points out that “The Obama administration’s foreign policy has intentionally enabled Iran to become a significant player in global arena, while the U.S. overlooks the many resulting contradictions and dangers posed by this policy,” and concludes: “Iran is still committed to the destruction of Israel, continues to undermine stability in the Middle East via support for the rebels in Yemen and the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, maintains funding of terrorist organizations such Hezbollah and Islamic jihad and incites anti-Israel violence by Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. Yet world powers — in a display of senselessness and utter detachment from reality — continue to shower Iran with praise, thus contributing to the creation of an absurd new world order.”
Globes notes that “In 2015, for the first time for over three decades, emerging markets will record a net negative investment flow,” and points out that the main factors behind the capital flight are the substantial slowdown in global economic growth, the slide in commodity prices, and the possibility that dollar interest rates will rise, as well as the developments on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the Chinese government’s failed attempt to deal with them. The author states that some of the money being withdrawn from the BRIC countries is finding its way to Israel, and states: “For the time being, it is structural factors, much stronger than the short term interest rate, that are causing the flows of capital to the Israeli economy.”
[Yoaz Hendel, Omer Dostri and Avi Temkin wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]