Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


The Jerusalem Post contends that Israel’s lack of a constitution that dictates clear principles of religious freedom – among other basic freedoms – has left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caught in the middle of the war between the Orthodox establishment and Reform and Conservative Jewry, and argues that without a constitution, “society’s failure to agree on basic principles with regard to religious expression and the limits of rabbinic powers (among other issues) will remain a source of conflict and political clashes for the foreseeable future.”

Haaretz is astounded by “the ability of Israeli Arab leaders to push their voters into the dark corner where the government sometimes traps them,” and asserts that in their defense of Hezbollah, Balad and Hadash, whose representatives make up the bulk of the Joint Arab List in the Knesset, are “crushing the community’s struggle for equal rights and recognition of their unique status in the Jewish state.”

Yediot Aharonot asserts that Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid  is “on a journey of disengaging from the Left and conquering the Center,”  and states: “Lapid understands that you can support a diplomatic solution as well as Israel, but false claims about Netanyahu do nothing but strengthen him at a time when there are plenty of legitimate arguments against him.”

Israel Hayom comments on yesterday’s spate of terror attacks, which coincided with the arrival of US Vide President Joe Biden, and asserts that the root of the problem is that “Just like 100 years and six months ago, there are too many people on the other side who still don’t comprehend that terror is not the way.” The author goes on: “It’s just a shame that in the Middle East of today, too many people, like the Muslim assassins of the 12th century, believe they have the good fortune to die as shahids (martyrs). Terror is an ideology. Nothing is happening because of the ‘occupation’ or ‘desperation.’ This is simply their way. And no diplomatic solution can solve this.”

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