Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the debate in the United Stated surrounding the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and states that “it is important to take a strong and confident stand against this kind of lone-wolf terrorism, rather than hiding behind platitudes, candlelight vigils and fears of causing offense.” The editor asserts that “Religiously-motivated hate terrorism must be confronted,” adding that “The more it is excused as something other than what it is, the more communities and individuals refuse to confront it when they see it.”
Haaretz  attacks Culture Minister Miri Regev for exploiting an atmosphere of fear to incite against the community of cultural creators, usually via falsified and misleading allegations that are based on misrepresentations, and asserts: “Regev’s approach to ‘culture,’ which emphasizes the state’s right or even duty to impose its artistic taste on its citizens and to censor the artistic content that it deems worthy of being supported and consumed, constitutes a fundamental perversion of both the democratic principles of which Israel boasts and the parameters by which culture is created.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the political correctness of politicians and media in the wake of recent terrorist attacks around the world, and contends that “Words create consciousness. False words create a false, distorted consciousness, particularly in the political field: When institutional politics evades critical issues for fear of diverting the correctness route, the frustrated voters escape straight into the arms of non-institutional radicalism.” The author stresses that in order to stop the dangerous flow, things must be called by their real name: Muslim terror is Muslim terror, not a ‘mass shooting.’ Jewish terror is Jewish terror, not a ‘price tag’ activity. Anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism, not ‘resistance to the Zionist state,’ and occupation is occupation, not ‘holding onto lands,’ and concludes: “The repressed, according to Freud and his followers, not only returns, it returns reauthorized.”
Israel Hayom believes that “The binary thinking to which we have become accustomed – ‘two states’ or ‘one state’ – is simplistic and disastrous.” The author argues that the peace dialogue of recent decades has created a psychological fixation that is hard to free ourselves from, even if it has nothing to do with reality, and contends that the current volatile situation around the world will increase Jewish immigration to Israel, a historic irony created by Israel’s enemies who are “unwittingly aiding this process of the Jewish people’s return to Zion.”
[Sever Plocker and Dror Eydar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]