Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post eulogizes Yitzhak Navon, Israel’s fifth president, who passed away last Saturday at the age of 94, and notes that he brought together two different traits: a man of the people on the hand, and an aristocratic bearing on the other. The editor praises Navon “as a builder of the nation, a diplomat, a man of culture and wisdom, a politician and a humanist,” and concludes: “May his memory be a blessing.”
Haaretz believes that the planned merger of Golan Telecom with Cellcom will cancel Moshe Kahlon’s cellular reform initiative, “one of the most worthwhile decisions for consumers ever made by an Israeli government minister,” and argues that ever since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took on the communications portfolio, “The good of the consumer is no longer the focus, and large companies and tycoons are getting almost everything they want.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the EU’s migration problem, and states: “everything has changed. An area of hundreds of millions of Muslims realizes today that its default option is to immigrate to Europe, and what was perceived until recently as impossible or illogical is now logical, ideal and common.” The author contends that Israel is the solution to Europe’s problem, because “What isn’t stopped in Israel will be stopped in Brussels, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and London,” and cautions that should an agreement regarding the Palestinians be imposed, “millions will move towards Europe when the war breaks out. And even if some tormented calm prevails here, millions of Muslims will anyway start moving towards Europe in search of a better life. In other words, it’s a top European interest that those millions remain entangled with us forever.”
Israel Hayom expects a productive meeting will be held today between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama, and states: “despite the bad blood between them, both have signaled their desire to hold substantive talks and iron out their differences.”
[Guy Bechor and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]