Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post warns against Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s apparent determination to see more guns in the hands of private citizens, as demonstrated by his support of the Knesset Caucus on Firearm Policy, and asserts: “Guns in the hands of trained, licensed professionals can save lives. But relaxing restrictions on these guns will only help them fall into the wrong hands, and lead to catastrophic – and preventable – outcomes.”

Haaretz contends that the bill to suspend legislators is the suspension of Israeli democracy, and asserts: “The bill, which targets Arab lawmakers, is another link in the chain of legislation that reflects a narrow and feeble concept of democracy as majority rule and nothing more.”

Yediot Aharonot opposes the bill that would enable the Knesset to oust an MK from office, which was originally proposed by PM Netanyahu in response to a meeting of the Balad Knesset members with the relatives of terrorists. The author argues that the bill has np chance of passing, but adds: “In the meantime, another draconian bill from the right wing will soon follow this one, and we won’t know if this is another trick to distract us or another move on the road to the loss of democracy.”

Israel Hayom discusses Iran’s territorial ambitions, and warns: “The Islamic republic hopes to realize its dream of a Shiite Fertile Crescent without Israel, stretching from Iran to Palestine, through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The author is concerned that “the West is willing to sacrifice Israel on the altar of Iranian money,” and asserts: “Even if the odds of success are slim, Israel must launch a diplomatic offensive to repel this danger.”

[Nahum Barnea and Ephraim Herrera wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]