Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the need to address the problem of rampant crime and lawlessness in the in the Arab sector, and states: “One way to change the reality facing the Arab sector in Israel is the government’s five-year plan that would increase funding for housing, education, employment of Arab women, infrastructure, welfare services and public transport, at an estimated cost of NIS 10 billion-15b.” The editor adds a word of caution: “This funding allocated to the Arab sector will narrow gaps between the country’s Arab and Jewish populations, but we hope this will not prove to be too little and too late.”

Haaretz examines the apparent symbiotic relationship between government institutions and settler organizations, which the editor contends is a relationship that “not only facilitates and expands the settlement enterprise, but makes a mockery of the Israeli claim that these land appropriations are merely private, free-market real estate deals,” and attests: “This servility toward the settlers under the cover of government bureaucracy must stop. The government must be transparent regarding property transfers to the settlers, and public officials must act in the public interest, not to please the tendentious political leadership.”

Yediot Aharonot criticizes the Israeli left for voicing the same platitudes about Jewish terrorism against Arabs as the fringe right voices about Arab terrorism against Jews, and contends that, as a generalization, neither is correct. The author asserts: “When it comes to Arabs, part of the right sees a homogenous, dark and hostile bloc before its eyes. When it comes to Jews, part of the left sees a homogenous, dark and hostile bloc before its eyes.”

Israel Hayom comments on U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent emotional speech about gun violence, which the author contends was no less than “a declaration of war on an American tradition that has been part and parcel of the country’s heritage: the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.” The author feels that Obama could have made better use of his time by focusing on national security matters, such as “the new threat that emerged this week from North Korea’s reported testing of a hydrogen bomb or on the threat of Islamic terrorism at home and abroad,” and argues: “Obama can only do so much on gun control. At most, his executive actions will have a limited effect and be devoid of any strategic ramifications.”

[Ben-Dror Yemini and Abraham Ben-Zvi wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]