Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses Haredi demands for segregated seating on airlines and other constantly-recurring demands that are increasingly disrupting flights to and from Israel, and states that instead of making the perquisite arrangements pre-flight, tour operators “have foisted that responsibility onto the airlines and in so doing burdened secular and non-fanatic religious passengers, who constitute the majority of the flying public.” The editor calls on airlines to assert that “people who disrupt flights over their seating arrangements will not be tolerated,” and adds: “An extreme minority cannot be allowed to dictate how the majority fly.”

Haaretz is concerned by the excessive aggression of the Israel Police towards the Palestinian population, and, citing a recent instance when a two-and-a-half-year-old child was taken away by the policemen, shoeless and still in pyjamas, asserts: “In the face of the incessant violence, the Israel Police must take extra care to uphold the rights of Palestinian residents and observe the boundaries of the law.”

Yediot Aharonot criticizes economic think tanks who urge the import of fresh produce as a means of reducing prices of locally grown products, and states: “Israeli farmers work the land not just as a source of income, it is their connection to the land of their ancestors.” The author points out that “Even in Western capitalist countries, the government subsidizes agriculture because they know that agriculture imbues the hidden meaning in the term ‘homeland,’" and argues: “The fight to reduce the cost of agricultural products should focus on reducing the brokerage gaps, which hurt the livelihoods of both farmers and produce buyers. Not by opening up the market to foreign imports, which might bring about the collapse of Israeli farmers.”

Israel Hayom discusses the spate of sexual harassment cases that have come to light recently, and states: “Along with the harassers, who carry most of the blame on their shoulders, society is also not exempt from introspection on this unsettling matter.”  The author believes that there is no law in the world that can eradicate the phenomenon of sexual harassment, and declares: “At the end of the day, what is needed as an integrated social, legal, moral and educational effort from which no one is exempt.” 

[Gershon Hacohen and Aviad Hacohen wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]