Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post accuses the international community of an immoral response to the Syrian crisis, and asserts: “The bloodletting in Syria may not be genocide in the strict sense of the word, but it shows that the world has learned nothing about using muscular diplomacy and aid to save people and if necessary, to save countries from themselves.”

Haaretz attacks those government ministers and MKs who criticized IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot for stating that he doesn’t want soldiers ’emptying magazines into scissor-wielding girls,’ and declares: “Woe to the State of Israel led by such as these. It is good that the IDF has different leadership.”

Yediot Aharonot contends that two events that occurred last week – the alleged firing of three Israeli missiles that resulted in the destruction of Syrian arms warehouse near Damascus and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot’s speech to high school students in which he stated his belief that soldiers should not empty an entire magazine of bullets into a Palestinian girl attempting to attack someone with scissors – are a reflection of the IDF’s professionalism, and asserts: “The use of force requires restraint, proportionality, and professionalism, as the IDF allegedly demonstrated in Syria and is supposed to demonstrate in Jerusalem and Ramla.”

Israel Hayom contends that “Under the guise of respecting humanitarian values, the enemies of Israel are working to weaken its ability to deal with the terrorist stabbing attacks perpetrated by young Palestinians,” and states that the country’s enemies “are launching a double attack on it: one is the hostile Swedish school of thought; and the other is political pressure on Israel to back off in light of a Palestinian prisoner’s hunger strike.” This, the author feels, leaves Israel with a political, moral, and public relations dilemma because of the lack of clear rules, and asserts that there should be no negotiations with hunger strikers, who should be force-fed if necessary. The author concludes:  “This is the wisest, most Jewish and humane interpretation of the sanctity of life, and it’s more important than any political struggle or demonstration.”

[Ron Ben-Yishai and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]