Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the intent of the United Methodist Church of the US to remove funds invested in Israeli banks, “another questionable victory in the international campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians,” and states: “The UMC’s divestiture decision of last week should signal a warning. The fact that it contradicts the UMC’s rejection of BDS at its 2012 General Conference indicates that the BDS virus has managed to change public opinion at a time when it has been revealed as both blatantly anti-Semitic and advocating the elimination of Israel as the Jewish state.”

Haaretz criticizes Habayit Hayehudi chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who entered politics as a representative of the younger generation and a new spirit but is in effect an extreme nationalist, for his “practice of attacking, McCarthy-like, anyone who does not agree with his right-wing, extremist policies,” and contends that this “is proof of his unsuitability for the office he holds, and the inherent danger of his place in the government.”

Yediot Aharonot ridicules the call for early primaries in the Likud party and the decision to cancel them 4 days later when it was learned that PM Netanyahu was the only contender, and states: “A sitting prime minister, whose power and influence are hard to even estimate, is afraid not just of future competitors, but even to compete against himself.” The author points put that “There is only one bottom line: Netanyahu will be the chairman of the Likud party and its candidate in the next general elections, not because of his embarrassing chicanery this week, but because no one dares run against him,” and declares: “Until Netanyahu loses the premiership, there won’t be anyone in the Likud to challenge him. That’s how it works in the Likud party. And those who realized this are not there anymore.”

Israel Hayom believes that the Iranian decision to publish the humiliating photo of the captured American seamen last week was in effect “an effort to send a clear message to the Americans, and essentially to the entire world, that Iran is the ‘boss’ in the region.” The author notes that with the U.S. is in denial, other regional powers are taking a stance. The leader of these is Saudi Arabia, which has initiated a sharp decrease in oil prices that that has in turn deeply impacting Iran’s ability to impose its control over the region. As the author points out, this leaves Washington with “no choice but to watch from the sidelines until it comes to its senses and reassumes its duties as a global superpower, as its friends and allies expect.”

Globes looks at President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, and states:  “What the US president called a ‘transformation’ in the Middle East is a dangerous slide into chaos.”

[Sima Kadmon, Yoram Ettinger and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]