Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the “Hanukka Summit,” in which US President Barack Obama is due to host Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin at the White House, and notes that in light of the recent frayed relationship between Israel and the US, “the Rivlin-Obama engagement represents one more step in reconfirming the special bond between Israel and the US.” The editor is hopeful that President Rivlin’s meeting with the US president and other American and Jewish leaders will be successful, and adds: “During these dark days, may he shine as a beacon of light!”
Haaretz contends that Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, who was imprisoned for membership in an illegal organization and incitement, has been imprisoned for her political activity, and argues that due to this, Israel’s claim to democracy is a pretense. The editor asserts: “the black flag that flies over the shameful imprisonment of a Palestinian member of parliament will continue to fly over the State of Israel, tarnishing her jailers and, above all, those who are responsible for them.”
Yediot Aharonot focuses on the US elections, and contends that “Apart from a counter-reaction to the Obama era, a Republican president is not necessarily better for Israel [than a Democrat president].” The author discusses historic examples, and concluding that a Republican president is as good or as bad for Israel as a Democratic president, adds: ”The only difference is that if the Republicans’ candidate happens to be elected, Netanyahu will have no one to use against him in the Senate.”
Israel Hayom ponders geo-political fluctuations resulting from a conspicuous American absence from the region and Washington’s fire sale to the Russians. Noting that the challenge for Israel appears clear, the author states: “Jerusalem would do well to formulate a comprehensive strategy to contend with the emerging regional reality.”
[Yoaz Hendel and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]