Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the plight of Jewish refugees forced to flee their native Muslim countries following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, and feels that the Palestinian propaganda juggernaut, which has persuaded world public opinion that the term “refugee” is synonymous with the term “Palestinian,” requires a massive counter effort to portray the Palestinian Nakba direct parallel to the Jewish Nakba. The editor declares: “The time has come for the world to recognize that the displacement of Palestinians and Jews as a result of Israel’s War of Independence against a half dozen invading Arab countries amounted to an exchange of populations, and to classify it so retroactively, so we can move on to making peace.”
Haaretz criticizes the decision by Education Minister Naftali Bennett to add a Jewish Culture prize to those already awarded in Israel, and states he is imposing problematic criteria by which works or artists up for the prizes must be judged. The editor contends that “Culture and public life in Israel are by themselves undergoing a process of ‘religionization,’ supported by demographic trends that will, in a few years, see most of the pupils in Israel’s Jewish schools studying in religious frameworks, both public and private,’ and asserts: “There is no need to supplement the wealth of prizes awarded in Israel with another prize dedicated to works that have a sectorial or nationalist character.”
Yediot Aharonot discusses the debate surrounding last week’s decision by the British parliament to enable the UK’s participation in the US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, despite the opposition of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who opposed the decision, and notes: “it seems the British Left has ran out of ideological claims and is only left with strategic and tactical criticism based on the failure of the intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq.” Remarking on the absence of Israel and the Palestinians from the debate, the author suggests that the British Left may be “undergoing a change following the massacre in Paris,” but cautions that “a few months of relative calm will likely bring back the complacency, and the anti-Israel slogans will take center stage again.”
Israel Hayom is dismayed by the criticism of the government’s policy toward the Palestinian population, which was expressed by President Rivlin in an op-ed in the Washington Post published during his visit to the US. The author asserts that she expects the president to “hold back criticism when visiting another country and represent Israel and its government with respect.”
[Yossi Shain and Smadar Bat Adam wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]