Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post objects to the decision to increase the maximum speed limit on Highway 6 to 120 kph, arguing that “The Israeli case provides indisputable evidence for the direct correlation between an increase in the speed limit and road fatalities.” The editor asserts: “Everywhere, speed kills and more speed kills more,” and declares: “Keeping speed limits low saves lives. Raising them will result in more bloodshed on the roads.”
Haaretz asserts that while Israeli leaders used to accuse their Arab interlocutors of doublespeak, Prime Minister Netanyahu has upgraded his diplomacy to triplespeak, and contends that the goal of his foreign policy is simply “to get through another international conference, another news broadcast, another meeting with Obama without entering a serious discussion on Israel’s future, a solution to the conflict and delineating the state’s borders. Everything is PR, spin and clumsy attempts at winning media points in a confrontation with Abbas’ ‘incitement while maintaining the stability of the right-wing government.”
Yediot Aharonot believes that Israel should take Russia’s side in the war against the Islamic State. The author points out that “The threat posed by ISIS is similar in its totalitarian ideology to the threat which was created by Nazi Germany. Coordination between Russia and the West is not a sufficient condition for winning this war, but it is a necessary condition. The person who seems to understand this properly is French President Francois Hollande, and one can only hope that he will succeed in getting NATO to both restrain the Turks and team up with Russia,” and with regard to Israel, adds: “Israel allegedly has opposing interests on this issue – but we should think about our situation if ISIS grows stronger and goes on to control Syria, Jordan and Sinai. For us too, the conclusion is clear – defeating ISIS comes first.”
Israel Hayom states that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s participation in the global climate conference in Paris earlier this week proved once again the strength of Israel’s international standing,” and notes that while for years we have been hearing threats of Israel’s diplomatic isolation, “time and time again, these threats have been contradicted by reality.” The author reminds his readers that Netanyahu’s warm welcome in Paris came on the heels of the announcement that Israel will open a diplomatic-level office at the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, which is a manifestation of the largely behind-the-scenes cooperation that exists between Israel and moderate Arab states, particularly in the Gulf region, and declares: “The world is seeking closer ties with Israel due to its human capital, its economic and military strength and its determined fight against terrorism. Common interests are bringing the nations of the world, including some Arab ones, to us.”
[Giora Eiland and Omer Dostri wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]