Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post marks the golden jubilee celebrations for Israel’s Knesset iconic parliamentary building, which was opened in August 1966, and reminds readers of the words of President Chaim Weizmann when he opened the first Knesset session in 1949 that still ring true today: ‘The Torah and the vision of the Jewish prophets determined a new moral code in interpersonal relations and a new regime in society. The authority of the kings of Israel was limited by Jewish law and religious traditions; and the prophets of Israel were not afraid to speak out and rebuke kings and princes, defending the poor and the underprivileged, the stranger and the slave, the orphan and the widow.’ The editor states: “This is a time of great danger, posed both by terrorist groups and anti-democratic forces from both outside and within Israel. While confronting tyranny and violence, Israel must continue to be a bastion of democracy and free speech, defending the poor and the underprivileged,” and concludes: “This is the Knesset’s primary challenge as it marks its golden jubilee.”
Haaretz discusses the racist demonstration held by some Afula residents on Sunday in protest of the legal right of Arab families to build homes in the city, and calls for “an immediate, sharp and clear response from the leadership about the importance of the state’s wholeness.” The editor adds: “The lack of such a response indicates consent, and even encouragement, for fostering feelings of hatred and racism toward a fifth of Israel’s population.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses PM Netanyahu’s recent appoint of Yossi Cohen as head of the Mossad, and states: “The decision to appoint Cohen as the new Mossad chief reflects Netanyahu’s clear preference at this time for the secret foreign relations maintained through the organization.” The author believes that Yossi Cohen is the right person to head the Mossad at this time, as the international experience he has accumulated, both as head of the Mossad branch in Europe and as national security advisor, is priceless, and notes that while the other candidates were worthy of the position, “Cohen was a natural candidate, and it’s only natural that he received the job.”
Israel Hayom contends that the only distinction between one terror organization and another is based on internal theological and political power struggles, and adds: “Whatever their differences, they all share the goal of destroying Western civilization and wiping out Christians and Jews.” The author asserts that “While everyone is yammering about ISIS, Iran is having a field day jerking around its ‘partner signatories’ to the nuclear deal,” and notes that suddenly the largest state sponsor of international terrorism is viewed as an ally in the fight against the ‘real’ danger. The editor has no doubt that Israel will end up facing and surviving an ISIS attack, but wonders: “how can we and the rest of the West overcome a nuclear Iran?”
[Ron Ben-Yishai and Ruthie Blum wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]