Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

 Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Lowering-the-tone-437431 attests that “verbal attacks on [President] Rivlin in recent days have crossed the line separating legitimate criticism from hateful incitement,” and declares: “Incitement against the president, who seeks to represent all citizens, must be halted wherever it appears. The assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago taught us that words of hate can have lethal consequences.”

Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.692054 discusses the intolerable deaths of construction workers in recent years, which went mostly unnoticed by the media, and asserts: “This slaughter touches on several of Israeli society’s ills: contempt for the deaths of people who build the country, because almost all of them are Arabs and labor migrants rather than Jews.” The editor notes that thanks to inspection and enforcement, the chance of a construction worker falling to his death in Britain is seven times less than it is in Israel, and declares: “The time has come for Israel’s government, too, which is interested in building quickly and cheaply to solve the housing crisis, to understand that the deaths of 30 construction workers a year is not a decree of fate.”

Yediot Aharonot http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4739706,00.html attacks the outrageous fabrications of the Breaking the Silence NGO, which from an organization critical of IDF activities has grown into an organization operating against the State. The author states that “Democracy is built on checks and balances: Freedom of the individual versus security-related needs, human rights versus a state’s right to defend itself, healthy nationalism versus democracy,” and adds: “As opposed to what [Breaking the Silence] claim, Israel is a balanced state: Any voice can be expressed in it, no matter how vitriolic, but there is no reason for us not to fight it. As opposed to claims from the left, this does not harm democracy. This is the exact proof of democracy’s strength.”

Israel Hayom http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=14671  discusses the International Atomic Energy Agency resolution, adopted last Tuesday, ending its probe into Iran’s efforts to manufacture nuclear bombs, and states that “the decision has two ramifications: First, Iran will consider it a concession and assume that this will define the West’s conduct down the road, and second, it will embolden the ayatollahs in Iran.” The author notes that even were a Western leader attempt to try to end Iran’s lucky streak, it may be too late, and adds: “History has proven that mistakes are bound to be repeated.”

Globes http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-middle-east-poker-1001088681  comments on the poker game currently being played by the region’s powers, and notes that “By keeping its distance from the escalating efforts to rid the region of Islamic State, Israel has strengthened its hand.”

[Yoaz Hendel, Dan Margalit and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]