Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the formidable challenges Israel and its neighbors are facing due to worldwide climate change, and on the backdrop of the conference on climate change currently being held in Paris, contends that “solutions can be found only through cooperation and the sharing of resources.” The editor believes the solution may be found in the proposals of an NGO called EcoPeace Middle East, which advocates the fostering of interdependence utilizing the relative geographic advantages of Israel, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank, and suggests that “the international attention given this week to climate change might be the perfect opportunity to adopt EcoPeace’s vision for the region.”
Haaretz  argues that the memorandum on a new bill that the Interior Ministry is distributing is aimed at breaking the spirit of asylum seekers in Israel. The editor declares: “The bill shows that the state wants to use those asylum seekers sent to Holot to deter others, an objective the High Court has already ruled illegitimate. It’s also clear that a hidden aim of the bill is to break the spirit of the asylum seekers so that they leave Israel of their own accord,” and adds: “If this new bill passes, the High Court of Justice must strike it down as well. But this time, to put a halt to this farce, it must unequivocally disqualify the detention of asylum seekers for such purposes.”
Yediot Aharonot approves of MK Yinon Magal’s prompt resignation from the Knesset in the wake of sexual harassment claims, and states: “There was no courage in Yinon Magal’s decision to resign from the Knesset over harassment claims, just lack of choice; he realized there was no room for him in a conservative party which sanctifies family values.”
Israel Hayom states: “today’s lawmakers are a far cry from their awe-inspiring predecessors. If anything, the Knesset’s status has been steadily eroded, reaching a new low in the current crop of MKs, courtesy of Likud MK Oren Hazan and now departing Habayit Hayehudi MK Yinon Magal.” The author suggests that law professor Aviad Hacohen’s recommendation to introduce a new procedure that would allow Knesset members to expel a disgraced MK from their midst may not be easy to implement, “But it may be the only way the majority in the Knesset can rid itself of those who are unworthy of a seat,” and adds that whatever the case, “it is clear that the problem has to be dealt with, and now — before the next scandal erupts,” 
[Sima Kadmon and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]