Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post comments on the cease fire in Syria, which is due to go into effect within the week, but adds that “without a more robust American involvement in Syria, the cease-fire plan is unlikely to succeed and this could have an indirect impact on Israeli interests.” The editor believes that the cease-fire is unlikely to bring about an end to the slaughter in Syria, and argues that “It is more likely to allow Russia to continue to attack Sunni targets indiscriminately.” The author believes that  this could have bad ramifications for Israel, and concludes: “It is imperative that Israel continue to closely monitor the situation in Syria and not let its guard down.”

Haaretz is angered by Israel’s official state agencies’ lack of concern with the increasing levels of violence directed towards women, and asserts: “Violence against women is not a decree of fate, nor is the abandonment of the victims of this violence a necessity dictated by harsh reality. Unless it quickly comes up with a national plan to address this issue, the government will continue to violate one of its most basic obligations: to work for the welfare of its citizens, and especially for the welfare of society’s weakest link – women in distress.”

Yediot Aharonot states: “the fact that a government is chosen lawfully, abiding by the rules of democracy, doesn’t necessarily mean that the country will be run as a law-abiding state and that democracy will be protected from those who try to undermine and destroy it, including the government itself and the prime minister himself, with his own bare hands,” and adds: “Netanyahu is crippling the very foundations of democracy by clutching on to three major ministries – Foreign, Finance and Communications – while ravaging them like a crazed elephant.”   

Israel Hayom argues that while US President Obama has had notable achievements, the world is worse off today than it was when he took office. The author allows that while this may not be strictly his fault, it nevertheless happened on his watch and despite his efforts, and asserts: “The U.S. has given up any hope of influencing authoritarian regimes and dictatorships on human rights. The vision Obama described in his 2009 Cairo address has become a pipe dream. He has opted for stability over democratization, even if he has not said so publicly.”

[Yoel Esteron and Yossi Beilin wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]