Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post is amazed by Shas leader Arye Deri’s assault on Jewish pluralism, which “follows a growing number of anti-democratic attacks by the ultra-Orthodox establishment on non-Orthodox Judaism, sparked by the agreement signed by the government – including Deri – on the creation of a pluralist prayer space at the Western Wall,” and asserts: “Reform and Conservative Jews are part and parcel of the Jewish people and should be treated with respect.”

Haaretz wonders at the appropriateness of the appointment of Israel Police Chief Roni Alsheich, who was brought into the Israel Police from the Shin Bet security service with the aim of rehabilitating the force, in light of his announcement that anonymous complaints about sexual harassment by police officers would be ignored even though by law employers are required to investigate information about sexual harassment in the organization, even if provided anonymously, and declares: “Alsheich must restore the public trust in the organization that has been put into his hands; above all, he must restore the organizational culture of the Israel Police.”

Yediot Aharonot warns: “Israel is forging new relationships with dubious and corrupt regimes, fundamentally harming our longstanding alliance with America,” and adds: “Perhaps the day will come when we ask ourselves if we did not sell our birthright for a bowl of lentils. Until then, we’ll continue to have affairs with the most dubious and corrupt regimes in the world. This is what’s called an Israeli success.”

Israel Hayom comments on recent unsuccessful discussions Hamas has had with the Egyptian authorities after two and a half years of severed ties and on the backdrop of the string of collapsed Hamas tunnels, and notes: “Egypt harbors a profound sense of loathing for the treacherous Hamas.”
[Nahum Barnea and Reuven Berko wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]