Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post discusses the MK Suspension Bill which is due to go up for a first reading in the Knesset plenum this week, and notes that it “is just the latest in a series of proposed laws that threaten to erode Israeli democracy.” The editor contends that despite the disgust arising from “the abuse of the Knesset plenum and the abuse of parliamentary immunity, anti-democratic legislation is not the way forward,” and adds that while Israel must protect itself from those who take advantage of its democracy to destroy it, “it has sufficient means at its disposal to do so without sacrificing democracy on the way.”

Haaretz attests that by demanding that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit legitimize the idea of deporting the families of terrorists from the West Bank and East Jerusalem to the Gaza Strip, PM Netanyahu has reached a “new moral low,”  and warns: “a state that adopts the legal methods and laws of totalitarian states begins to look like those countries, even if it calls itself ‘the only democracy in the Middle East.’”

Yediot Aharonot supports President Rivlin’s decision to bar Balad MK Jamal Zahalka from attending an event aimed at launching the government’s five-year plan for the investment of billions of shekels in the Arab sector, and notes that despite criticism from the Haaretz newspaper, which accuses the president of hatred and racism, “Rivlin sought to bring together those who work for that goal, and stand in the way of those fighting against reconciliation and integration.”

Israel Hayom asserts that “The disconnect between Republican Party leaders and the rank and file may ultimately help Donald Trump,” and adds that the anti-Trump onslaught, led by GOP big guns Mitt Romney and John McCain, “could backfire and turn the real estate mogul into a political martyr.”

[Ben-Dror Yemini   and Boaz Bismuth wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]