Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the holiday of Tu Bishvat, a sort of Jewish arbor day that began Sunday evening at sundown and continues until Monday evening, and, citing Israel’s numerous environmental problems, asserts: “In addition to planting trees and holding Tu Bishvat Seders, no day is more fitting then Tu Bishvat to deal with pressing environmental issues facing the State of Israel.”

Haaretz contends that the arrest of a Palestinian activist, who was ordered to be released by the District Court but was transferred instead by the police to an IDF camp in the West Bank “illustrates the distortion of Israel’s ongoing rule in the territories and its unacceptable, discriminatory character.” The editor notes that two Jewish activists who were arrested at the same time for similar acts are in a better situation because the Palestinian is subject to the military justice system in which his rights are less well protected, and asserts: “This conduct reveals the injustice in two legal systems under one regime – one for Jews and one for Arabs.”

Yediot Aharonot discusses the Open Hillel initiative on US campuses, which wants to allow for a little more openness to criticism against Israel at Hillel clubs on campuses, and states: “The problem with Open Hillel is that it seeks to add more of what already exists: More speakers against Israel, further strengthening the brainwashing against Israel. Those who support an open debate should voice the opposite opinion: No boycotts, no propaganda of lies, but instead an open and fair debate, in which even those who have something good to say about Israel could voice their opinions on campuses without needing body guards.”
Israel Hayom discusses the support for Israel that is apparent in London, both in parliament and elsewhere, and states: “Despite the challenges posed by political complexities, Israel-Britain relations are flourishing and bilateral cooperation is growing stronger.”

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