Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post compares the current wave of violence in Israel to the child’s game of rock, paper, scissors, and comments: “In the current Middle Eastern version of the game, paper is represented by Palestinian propaganda; rock is the often lethal but impersonal level of Palestinian violence; while scissors – like those employed last Monday by teenagers at Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda market – represent the ubiquitous and more personal violence perpetrated by the knife-wielding terrorist.” The editor believes the only way to counter Palestinian success in winning the entire world to its cause in defiance of all logic and truth is to outsource “its so-called ‘public diplomacy’ to a professional advertising agency,” and asserts: “Government bureaucrats have proven themselves incapable of countering the Palestinian propaganda machine. It’s time to let professionals do the job.”
Haaretz points out that the third month of the Palestinian uprising is looming on the horizon, and the authorities seem unable to get “into the roots of the issue but is making do with a search for solutions to its symptoms.” The editor asserts: “Israel must make a creative initiative – diplomatic, military and civil – to change the situation,” and declares: “A government that does not do so is saying, in practice, that it is afraid of change more than the terrorist attacks.”
Yediot Aharonot contends that regional events have marginalized the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, until it currently merely “serves as a tool for diverting the attention from the real problems of the Middle East,” and states: “The conflict with the Palestinians exists, but it’s tiny compared to the Sunni-Shi’ite demon, the huge battle with radical Islam and the world powers’ infiltration of the Middle East in a military drive.” The author adds: “In the huge storm, the likes of which the area has not known since the Mongol invasion a little less than 800 years ago, Israel has remained the only island of stability,” and concludes: “In the Middle East, which is desperately searching for a balance, we remain the only anchor.”
Israel Hayom believes that US Secretary of State John Kerry is determined to reinvent the Middle East in accordance with his own worldview, irrespective of the reality in the region. The author states: “Kerry and those who nod in agreement with him ignore the unbridgeable gap between the Arab talk and the Arab walk on the Palestinian issue, as evidenced by the fact that Arabs shower the Palestinians with rhetoric, but not resources,” and attests that Kerry’s involvement unintentionally “legitimizes and rewards hate education and incitement, which must be uprooted as a prerequisite to real peace, and indirectly fuels Palestinian terrorism.”
Globes remarks that in addition to the threat from Iran, Israel faces several other threats that are no less potent. The author declares: “security planners can never rest,” and adds: “Within the constraints of available present and likely future resources for the purposes of defense and security, all possible threats must be carefully analyzed and measures taken to confront them.”
[Guy Bechor, Yoram Ettinger and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]