Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post states that the plan to stop the Iranian nuclear deal, led articulately by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with the support of key members of the US Congress and many Sunni states in the region, has failed. The editor believes that the challenge facing those opposed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “is to limit as much as possible its potentially disastrous ramifications,” and suggests the JCPOA “should be seen as part of a robust policy of regional containment combined with other pressures on Iran.” The editor argues in order to prevent the US’s historical allies from getting the impression that the US is effectively promoting a Shi’ite hegemony in the region, “a clear message needs to be sent that the US will not tolerate an expansion of Iranian influence,”  and that the US must further “provide assurances – including more robust military cooperation – that communicate US commitment to countering Iranian aggression.”

Haaretz believes that resolutions the EU Foreign Affairs Council is expected to affirm, aimed at drawing the borders of the State of Israel, will not dramatically affect Israel’s economy. The editor contends that “if the EU could accompany its resolutions with a realistic proposal, containing concrete measures for advancing the two-state solution, some practical benefit could result, beyond the declarative importance of the resolutions,” but points out that the threat now facing the country is that “the EU’s position expresses an increasing revulsion with Israeli policies and paves the way for other countries — including perhaps the United States, which does not reject the European stance — to adopt the same position.” This is the threat now facing the Israeli government and the country’s citizens.

Yediot Aharonot asserts that the only silver lining in the Iranian nuclear agreement is that “The Iranian military-nuclear technological clock has been set back,” albeit for an undetermined amount of time. The author attacks the Western powers for not only giving Iran legitimacy, but for providing it with the material means that will aid it in realizing its destructive vision, and declares: “the Americans think they’re in a Hollywood movie: They see a new Middle East of peace and fraternity. That’s Obama’s legacy, and after receiving a Nobel Prize for nothing, the Oscar is on its way too.”

Israel Hayom declares that “The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and removal of sanctions is not a victory for diplomacy or the erroneously termed ‘moderates’ in Iran,” and states: “The removal of the sanctions strengthens the extremist Iranian regime economically and requires that the world, including Israel, address once again the question of ‘what happens if?’"

Globes points out that while no Israeli IPO has taken place in the US capital market in over six months, even though market conditions are still conducive to IPOs, ten Israeli startups have raised a total of $255 million in just one month, which means, according to the author, “that IPOs are out, and venture capital is in.”

[Alex Fishman, Limor Samimian-Darash and Tali Tsipori wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]