Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post recommends the government do all in its power to end the diplomatic spat with Brazil over the intent to appoint right-winger Dani Dayan, the former head of the Yesha settlers’ council, as Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, and asserts: “Maintaining good relations with Brazil is an Israeli interest.” The editor contends that “Israel can’t afford to leave the mission in Brasilia without a high-caliber diplomat,” and is hopeful a diplomatic way of protecting Israel’s interests while saving face may yet be found.

Haaretz is concerned by the proposal that would enable a majority of 90 out of 120 Knesset members to suspend a fellow MK, clearly aimed at the MKs from of the Balad party over their meeting with families of slain Palestinian terrorists, and notes that this “once again makes clear how widely nationalism has spread in the cabinet and Knesset, and how greatly it is undermining democracy in Israel.”  The editor states: “Knesset members must relearn the fundamental axioms of democracy so that it will be possible to uphold the claim that Israel is ‘the only democracy in the Middle East,’” and adds: “it would be preferable for them not to learn this material from the new civics textbook being prepared by Education Minister Naftali Bennett.”

Yediot Aharonot wonders how we, as Jews, should we respond to the human tragedy of Syria’s mass exodus, and reminds readers that not too long ago Jews were in the same position. The author contends that while Israel cannot be indifferent to human suffering, it “has no room to absorb thousands of refugees,” and adds: “The high moral imperative, Jewish and universal, requires assistance. It does not mandate self-destruction.”

Israel Hayom is shamed by the behavior of the trio of Arab MKs from the Joint Arab List party, and declares them lacking in morality, responsibility and personal example, the three traits the author feels form the basis of leadership. The author contends that these leaders are simply aggravating the situation to the detriment of their constituents, and asserts: “Our Arab leadership has no time and does not care to deal with the day-to-day issues facing the people who are simply trying to make it through each month and find relief from their economic troubles in Israel.”

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