Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post criticizes the ZAKA organization, known for its first response to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, for deciding to discriminate in its treatment of wounded terrorists and victims, and asserts: “ZAKA is stepping beyond its role as a celebrated first responder in Israel and abroad. By telling its volunteers to give preference to one brand of human over another, it is indeed forcing them to play God.”

Haaretz attacks the bill that would obligate an Israeli nonprofit to disclose if it is supported by a foreign political entity, which will be discussed today at the meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, and asserts: “The sole aim of the law, proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi), is to label human rights groups and restrict their activities.” The editor asserts: “Shaked’s bill represents a severe blow to freedom of expression and the action of organizations working in various fields, who protect Israel’s moral character and image,” and declares: “The members of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, charged with protecting Israeli democracy, must not support this bill under any circumstances.”

Yediot Aharonot comments on the security situation in the north in light of threats of revenge by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah after the assassination of the terrorist Samir Kuntar in Syria, and states: “A senior IDF official has stated unequivocally that Nasrallah and Hezbollah would be making a big mistake if they perpetrated a lethal terror attack in an attempt to avenge Kuntar’s assassination, which they attribute to Israel.”

Israel Hayom comments on the momentum Donald Trump’s campaign has gained in his candidacy for the Republican nomination, and states that “Trump is leveraging, not shaping, the current state of mind in the U.S. — and especially that of Republican voters — which reflects frustration with the federal, state and local establishment as well as with political correctness in a variety of areas.” The author notes that Trump is benefitting from Republican voters’ frustration with the Republican Party, which has failed to clip Obama’s political wings, despite the Republican majority in the House and Senate, and in governors’ mansions, and argues that “global unpredictability and volatility — in terms of terrorism, conventional military and the economy — may produce dramatic events, which will weigh heavily in determining the U.S. presidency.”

[Ron Ben-Yishai and Yoram Ettinger wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]