Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


Two newspapers comment on the grave socio-economic situation in the Gaza Strip:
The Jerusalem Post discusses the despair engulfing the Gaza Strip, which is apparently the cause of the wave of suicides of young males, “Not suicide bombers in acts of ‘holy Palestinian martyrdom,’ but individual suicides out of apparent despair,” and notes that with no jobs to be had other than as tunnel builders or enforcers for the regime, this leaves “some 20,000 Gazan college graduates each year who have no jobs to find – except possibly as enforcers for the regime or as tunnelers preparing for the next pointless war against Israel.”
Haaretz believes that because of its blockade on the Gaza Strip, Israel is responsible for the residents’ quality of life and the horrible economic situation there. The editor points out that senior IDF officers have recommended implementing various steps to ease the economic burden, and notes that while the security fears are not insignificant, “without such steps the security threat against Israel will increase significantly,” and therefore “implementation of the IDF’s recommendations is already part of the government’s obligation to the citizens of Israel.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on announcements from Ankara that Israeli-Turkish relations will soon be back on track, and the Israeli government’s reluctance to confirm this, and states: “the complicated status of the region and its interweaving alliances delay [Israel and Turkey] from reaching an agreement. At the moment, it’s simply more comfortable for Israel to wait.”
Israel Hayom contends that “The gravest consequence of the U.S. policy of disengagement from the Middle East is the increased probability of nuclear proliferation” and asserts: “U.S. weakness in the region will inevitably have ripple effects in other parts of the globe. American credibility is now subject to question, and allies elsewhere may determine that it would be wise to hedge their bets.”
[Smadar Perry and Efraim Inbar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]