Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post notes that while there were a number of positive developments in Sunday’s elections in Iran, it is “a bit premature to expect the Islamic Republic to undergo any major changes.” The editor contends that Sunday’s elections should not be confused with the true spirit of reform that characterized those of 2009, and states that “The purported gains of so-called ‘reformists’ in parliamentary elections are unlikely lead to real change.”

Haaretz calls on the authorities to stand by the teacher at an Arab school who was fired for screening a movie to high school students that the Salafist movement deemed ‘that are incompatible with Islamic values’. The editor believes that the teacher is entitled to the protection of the Education Ministry, as well as the backing of Jewish intellectuals and educators, despite his belonging to an alienated ‘enclave,’ and argues that the municipality that fired him “should be examined not just for its legal aspects but for the values it invokes, as a body that blatantly harmed the cultural freedom of expression and the rights of one of its teachers.”

Yediot Aharonot believes that Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid are “growing closer,” and seem to be working together with the aim of embarrassing Prime Minister Netanyahu and simultaneously solving the Foreign Ministry employees crisis. The author notes, however, that this relationship may not necessarily be a harbinger of future elections, as “the two are indeed acting as citizens concerned by the prime minister’s actions.”

Israel Hayom holds that the elections held in Iran this past week are part of an internal struggle that has raged in recent years over the regime’s character and the makeup of important government bodies, and contends that “The radical camp, backed by Khamenei, will wage a bitter fight against the reformists to preserve its political and economic power.”

[Nechama Duek and Ephraim Kam wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]