Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post is concerned that “The present government coalition, which relies on the support of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism and Shas, seems intent on perpetuating ‘static’ expressions of Judaism,” and calls for a radical reassessment of state-religious relations. The editor notes that Israel’s discrimination against non-Orthodox streams of Judaism remains a major concern of US Jewry, and argues that “There need not be a contradiction between progress and religion. As history has taught, and as America and Britain have demonstrated, the two can be complementary.”
Haaretz comments on the climate conference in Paris that resulted in the signing of the first agreement on steps to halt climate change, and notes that it proves, even in an era of bitter economic and political rivalries between countries like Russia, the United States and China, that “it’s possible to find common ground for action relating to the welfare and even existence of the human species and to protecting the ecosystems on which this depends.” The editor points out that “The big challenge is to turn the principles formulated in Paris into an ongoing basis for economic and political cooperation,” and asserts: “This will require making continuous efforts to become more energy efficient and reduce pollution and setting even more ambitious targets within the next decade.”
Yediot Aharonot criticizes Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s recent diatribe against Russia’s increased role in the region, and asks: “Are we confusing today’s Russia with the Soviet Union?” The author states that even a small country like ours is allowed to stand on guard when it comes to its interests, even against a world power, but adds: “it seems that a line has been crossed here, especially as it is not at all clear that the Russian intervention to preserve Bashar Assad’s regime in some parts of Syria is so bad for us. Are al-Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front and ISIS any better?”
Israel Hayom contends that if a Palestinian state were to be haphazardly and irresponsibly established in the near future, while turning a blind eye to the chaos raging across the Middle East, in short order such a state would be overrun by ISIS or another arm of the global jihadist octopus, and notes that an increasing number of people in Washington are beginning to understand and internalize “that Palestinian intransigence is not tactical, but strategic, and that their preferred course runs through the U.N. and other international bodies — bolstered by organized or sporadic violence on the ground.” The author refers to President Obama’s veiled threat last week in his meeting with President Rivlin, that the stalemate in the peace process will make it hard for the American administration to continue blocking international Palestinian initiatives, and wonders “whether the special bond shared by America and Israel, and the mutual obligations of both sides toward the other, should be dependent on contentious matters and developments, such as the urgency or lack thereof of establishing a Palestinian state, particularly due to the likelihood that the ISIS flag will indeed be hoisted over it.”
[Elyakim Haezni and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]