Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the problems that arise from Israel’s antiquated marriage policy, which is based on the millet system imposed during the Ottoman era and according to which only religious bodies – Jewish, Christian and Muslim – are permitted to conduct marriages and divorces. Calling for a reassessment of Israel’s marriage policy, the editor states: “For nearly 2,000 years, the Jewish tradition maintained a conversion system whereby any rabbi could convert as he saw fit,” and asserts: “The time has come to return to tradition.”

Haaretz is opposed to the proposal for a bill that would increase the influence of Jewish law, halakha, in court decisions, and states that while it does not obligate judges to look to Jewish law, it is nevertheless “unnecessary and harmful legislation stressing Israel’s Jewish character at the expense of its democratic character.” The editor argues that Jewish law is not the appropriate tool to manage a free, modern society, and calls for the rejection of the proposal out of hand. 

Yediot Aharonot reports on the dire socio-economic situation in the Gaza Strip, and warns that this will be the main cause of the next round of fighting in Gaza: “The IDF is preparing for the next round of fighting with Hamas, which is expected to be much more intense than in previous operations. Yet, the spark which may start the fighting this time will be different. The Gazan population is at its boiling point, and when it explodes, the entire region will feel it.”

Israel Hayom discusses the expansion of the BDS movement in Europe and the US, especially the anti-Israel activists’ drive to reach new audiences and push their extremist narrative into the mainstream, and states: “The battle over Israel’s right to exist needs to adapt to these new arenas. While Israel needs to continue taking action to enlist foreign politicians’ support for the idea of the Jewish state, Israel supporters also need to block funding to these anti-Israel groups that are trying to enlist minority and student groups to their battle against Israel.”

[Alex Fishman and Yona Schiffmiller wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]