Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post reflects on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is being commemorated today around the world, and notes that it is “an occasion not just to reflect on the past but to marvel at the persistence and adaptability of Jew-hatred.” The editor points out that Jew-hatred is on the rise, particularly in Europe where it is common to “attribute inordinate moral weight to those minorities considered to be the most oppressed or disenfranchised,” and contends that “The only way to fight this form of Jew-hatred is to deconstruct the premise of identity politics and intersectionality.”

Haaretz examines a new high-school civics textbook to be introduced into the country’s high school education system, and uses it as an example to accuse Education Minister Naftali Bennet of the intent “to shape the secular state-school system in accordance with the principles of his religious Zionist party.” The editor argues that “The delicate task of teaching civics in Israel, a society that is divided over many issues, has been entrusted to a minority with missionary tendencies,” and adds: “The foul spirit of insularity and religious, nationalist preaching is blowing through the education system. Parents, students and teachers must oppose Bennett’s efforts to uproot the fundamental principles of state education.”

Yediot Aharonot contends that “Opposition leader Isaac Herzog’s comment saying there’s no chance of peace in this era is the most dramatic event to happen to Israel’s Labor party in the past decade,” and notes that this is the first time in the past decade that the Labor Party  is contending with the difficult reality of the Middle East and “For the first time, one of its leaders has acknowledged the shortcomings of peace, not just those of war.” The author argues that Herzog’s statement about the non-viability of peace these days is a big step in the right direction for the Labor party, and asserts: “If only it can let go of fantasy and embrace reality, it can improve Israeli politics on both sides of the aisle.”

Israel Hayom asserts: “It is not enough to round up terrorists, to stop them in their tracks, to kill them or defend against them. We are duty-bound to change the atmosphere and the overall climate in which they operate.” The author argues that it is up to Israel to do something to effect a dramatic change in the overall atmosphere, and adds: “We must seize the initiative and be proactive, but not just militarily. We must resume construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem to make sure the Palestinians understand that their actions only hurt their cause.”

[Yoaz Hendel and Nadav Shragai wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]