Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the forthcoming opening of an Israeli diplomatic office in Abu Dhabi within the framework of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and notes that despite reservations voiced by United Arab Emirates officials, “the opening of any type of Israeli mission in an Arab country has significance, especially at a time when a unique confluence of interests exists between Israel and moderate Arab states.” The editor states that while relations between Israel and the UAE have had their ups and downs over the years, and that it would be an exaggeration to refer to the IRENA deal as a diplomatic breakthrough, “Nevertheless, the UAE and other Arab states have much to gain from cooperation with Israel.”
Haaretz revisits the UN partition plan of 1947. And asserts: “With certain changes necessitated by the seven decades that have passed, we would be well advised to return to the spirit of the partition resolution, establish two states and institute joint arrangements in the two halves of Jerusalem, which will be the capital of both.”
Yediot Aharonot notes all the condemnations and threats Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued since the start of the current uprising, but points put that the one thing he has failed to do is “to turn to the young Palestinians in a human, direct manner, offering them hope, in a bid to stop the acts of murder and outline a possibility for a better future for them and for us.” The author asserts that “A proper leader does not have to wait for the American secretary of state in order to provide a real ease of restrictions and an initiative for positive and necessary projects for the Palestinians,” and calls on the prime minister to repeat his offer to meet with the PA president without preconditions so as to arouse him “from his drowsy and passive fatalism, so that both of them can try to outline together a significant joint plan in order to stop the fatal desperation raging between the two people.”
Israel Hayom discusses the need for a clear line between the military and political echelons, something that historically has not always been observed, and asserts: “The military must not render decisions that are the government’s to make. It must present the government with solutions to defined problems, but the final decision remains with the government.”
[A. B. Yehoshua and Gabi Avital wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]