Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post is in agreement with those politicians who believe that there is no chance for a negotiated peace deal with the Palestinians at any time in the foreseeable future, and states that because of this, “Israel needs to turn to practical initiatives that improve Palestinians’ lives and fosters an atmosphere of trust and cooperation.”

Yediot Aharonot comments on two reports – one false and the other partly true and recycled – that come out of Lebanon last week concerning the fate of Israeli pilot-navigator Ron Arad, whose plane was shot down over Lebanon in 1986, and, referring to highly classified intelligence findings, contends that the heads of Israel’s intelligence community have reached an unequivocal conclusion that “Arad died – as early as the beginning of 1995 or as late as 1997 – probably from an illness. All of the experts that examined the material gathered by IDF Intelligence determined it was highly credible, and concurred with the assessment that Arad was no longer alive.”

Israel Hayom discusses the growing sense “that some foreign media outlets have moved from unsympathetic coverage of Israel to activism against it,” in effect distorting reality. The author states that it is time for Israel to wake up up and change its relationship with the international media, and argues: “To change the relationship, Israel has to establish an independent institution that will systematically track foreign media coverage, compare how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is covered compared to other asymmetric conflicts, use worldwide research on media bias, and, most important, cooperate with civil society.”

Globes believes that “the chaos in Syria is the single most dangerous threat to the State of Israel, more so even than Iran for the time being,” and contends that “the real nightmare situation would be for the Israelis to wake up one morning with tens of thousands of real Syrian refugees; women, babies, children, massing at the frontier and beginning to walk across.”

[Ronen Bergman, Eli Avraham and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively. Haaretz editorial was not available today.]