Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post notes that the ministers who voted unanimously on Sunday to appoint Shas Chairman Arye Deri as Interior Minister were following the letter of the law despite his being found guilty of “offenses that carried with them moral turpitude,” and asserts: “Appointing a man who has already stumbled to the same public position he abused shows a callous disregard for the public’s trust in its elected officials.”

Haaretz calls on the Finance Minister and the treasury to make public the terms of the new IDF pension agreements brokered last November, and asserts: “The secrecy surrounding the defense budget agreement, which clearly does not stem from security reasons, raises concerns about negligent wording and unfounded concessions.”

Yediot Aharonot believes that the terror-based murders in Tel Aviv at the beginning of January  brought back up an issue that Israelis both on the left and right usually push to the back of their minds: Israel’s Arab citizens, but asserts that “the prime minister would much rather use fear of Arabs to bolster his own standing than give the five-year plan [he initiated] to invest in the Arab sector a real chance.”

Israel Hayom discusses recent failed attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah, and notes that “Despite the widespread assumption in Israel that both organizations are deterred and will do everything possible to avoid a head-on collision with Israel, the facts tell a different story. Both organizations are willing to play with fire and also to pay the price of their pyromania. They may not want a full-fledged fight with Israel, but they are not as deterred from one as people here tend to think.” The author adds: “It appears that effective deterrence comes with an expiration date. It stands to reason, then, that amid such a reality, additional terrorist attacks are merely a matter of time,” and concludes: “we can only hope that these, too, end in failure and do not instigate a new round of regional hostilities.”

[Nahum Barnea and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]