Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post expresses the hope that the fact that a woman will take part in this year’s national candlelighting ceremony at the Western Wall will “ignite a social movement, backed by our Basic Laws, to bring about a healthy separation of synagogue and state, anathema to the virtual monopoly on Judaism held by the Chief Rabbinate and its associates in religious discrimination.”
Haaretz believes that “instead of fulfilling their role of upholding democracy, first and foremost freedom of expression,” the police are trying to stymie the Breaking the Silence NGO. According to the editor, Breaking the Silence “is a critical NGO for Israeli society because it insists on revealing the occupation’s injustices and the immorality of Israeli soldiers’ actions in the territories,” and asserts: “Instead of giving in to the atmosphere of incitement and violence that has been fueled in recent months — by elected officials and media people as well — the police must do their duty and protect the organization, its activists and activities.”
Yediot Aharonot contends that millions of people around the world have come to feel the world is too complicated for them, and want to return to a simple, basic existence. The author states that “Many of those preaching a return to the past are clerics from different religions, who pose a clear and imminent danger to human society. It’s harder to understand the damage reflected by those who are not dressed like ayatollahs but share their views.”
Israel Hayom`discusses violations of campaign financing laws by Likud MK Oren Hazan, which came to light in the State Comptroller’s report, and asks: “How many more shenanigans will Hazan pull before he is stopped? How long will it be before the coalition and opposition decide together to nullify him?” The author points out that number of other lawmakers were also taken to task for violations, although not so serious, and asserts: “This is not the right way. The law must be given teeth. The state comptroller should be granted the authority to toughen penalties. The attorney general should be compelled to act more quickly. Future cases must be handled with tenacity — neither a yellow card nor a fine, but rather a red card.”
[Nahum Barnea and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]