Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post notes the increasing number of haredi men and women who are joining the labor force, due to the reduction in state aid to haredi families and educational institutions, and contends that we are witnessing “a gradual move toward the model that existed in Europe before the Holocaust in which the vast majority of families were headed by fathers and mothers who worked while full-time adult Torah scholarship was reserved for a small elite. This is good for the haredi community and good for the State of Israel.”

Haaretz discusses the almost wall-to-wall condemnation by all the parties in the Knesset of the three Arab MKs who met with terrorist’s families, and reminds readers that the MKs were elected to represent their voters, a community that “doesn’t share the worldview, beliefs and opinions of Israel’s Jewish Zionist majority.” The editor asserts: “If Israel purports to be a democracy and to reject accusations that it is becoming an apartheid state, it must respect these opinions, even when they are irritating or even painful to the Jewish majority.”

Yediot Aharonot addresses the fifth month of “the intifada of screwdrivers and scissors,” and contends that the only way to stop individual terrorism is by sharply changing the mood in the territories and by separating from the Palestinians. The author adds: “Separation from the Palestinians is only possible by the establishment of a demilitarized Palestinian state on 22 percent of the territory of the land of Israel between the Jordan River and the sea,” and concludes: “Given the fact that within two years the percentage of Jews living between the Jordan River and the sea will drop to below 50 percent, 78 percent of the land is not a bad solution for us. The insistence on 100 percent led us to where we are stuck today. It will be more and more difficult both economically and politically to pay the price for the lack of political courage to say and do the right thing.”

Israel Hayom notes that the New Hampshire presidential primaries on Tuesday will not be decisive for the candidates, but could show us which way the electoral wind is blowing, but adds: “The worldviews of different presidents might lead to different emphases, but anyone who expects a sea change at the end of President Barack Obama’s time in office could wind up disappointed (or, possibly, pleased).”

[Ephraim Sneh and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]