Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post  bemoans the housing shortage and calls on the government to introduce “a clearly articulated, overarching housing policy with precisely defined objectives.” The editor contends that for too long consecutive governments have promised to bring down housing prices, with little discernible success, and appeals for “a broader housing policy that will provide housing for the most vulnerable among us and bring down prices to more affordable levels for everyone else.”

Haaretz comments on the Supreme Court verdict in former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s appeal on corruption charges, and states that it “sends a public message of extreme leniency toward crimes of government corruption.” The editor warns that the message the public receives from this outcome “is likely to be that the court tends to be more skeptical about convicting elected officials charged with corruption when faced with a web of circumstantial evidence,” and asserts: “The ongoing battle against government corruption needs a tailwind, especially at a time when it seems as if the political system is gradually taking control of key positions in law enforcement.”

Yediot Aharonot believes that “Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received an extremely heavy sentence from the Supreme Court judges on Tuesday,” and adds that “It is joined by the knowledge that it brings Olmert’s hope to return to the public arena to an end. An almost 50-year political career is over.”

Israel Hayom commends British Prime Minister David Cameron for speaking frankly about the Muslim Brotherhood and for making clear his government’s “determination to reject intolerance, and to counter not just violent Islamist extremism, but also to tackle those who create the conditions for it to flourish."

[Nahum Barnea and Clifford D. May wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]