Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post comments on the “long and hard-fought victory, bequeathed by one generation to another,” that resulted in this week’s cabinet decision that created an area for pluralistic worship adjoining the Western Wall, but notes: “the question remains if the worship decision is an aberration or will be recorded as the first in a number of enlightened reforms in Israel’s religious practice.”

Haaretz calls for an end to the destruction of Palestinian domestic buildings in the hills south of Hebron, and states: “The problem is greater than the structures that were demolished, but the solution is simple: Stop the declaration of firing zones, recognize the residents’ rights to their land, and advance master plans for the villages. Thus Israel could also allay the concerns of the Palestinians and the EU that it plans to annex Area C of the West Bank and forcibly expel its Palestinian residents.”

Yediot Aharonot discusses the erosion of Israel’s Leftist camp as a result of the increasing demonization of Israel, which began with the Durban Conference in 2001, and asserts: “The wall of separation that differentiated the sane, Zionist left from the zany anti-Israel camp has fallen down. That leads some leftists, such as author Amos Oz and journalist Nahum Barnea, into a tragic state, as they can’t seem to tell the difference anymore.”

Israel Hayom notes the change in Palestinian terrorists’ tactics, from ‘lone wolf’ operations to planned and coordinated attacks, and states that the defense establishment will have to adapt its preventive measures accordingly. The author adds: “The defense establishment’s decision to minimize any infringement on the Palestinian fabric of life over the security escalation stands, and the collaboration with Palestinian security forces will ensure that, for the time being at least, the Israeli effort will continue to be defensive in nature, excluding thwarting efforts,” and asserts: “The goal is clear: Prevent the next attack, not only to minimize civilian casualties, but also to minimize potential political fallout. Further security escalation could undermine Israel’s fragile relations with the Palestinian Authority, as well as disrupt the brittle equilibrium achieved opposite Hamas.”

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