Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post reports on the general feeling of unity against terrorism in Turkey and the rest of the civilized world after Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul, and the majority’s realization that “terrorism represents a danger to all humanity. No one is safe. Any society can be targeted.”

Haaretz comments on attempts by the Israel Police to interfere with legitimate demonstrations that are the lifeblood of any democracy, and asserts: “The police have a problematic past when it comes to attempting to suppress protests, sometimes coming down too hard and using violence and mass arrests.” The editor notes that “One function of the police is to protect citizens who are exercising their democratic rights,” and adds: “It must not serve as the operational arm of government interests, particularly the suppression of opponents.”

Yediot Aharonot declares: “Up until the last decade, Turkey was the very model of a secular country, despite its absolute majority of Muslim citizens,” and argues: “The Turkish president’s successful efforts to Islamize his country are responsible for the rise in terrorism, an obvious result.”

Israel Hayom discusses the hasty agreement between Turkey and the European Union aimed at curbing the flow of migrants from Syria into Europe, and warns that because Turkish citizens will now be able to enter Europe freely, “The EU must consider all the ramifications of this stipulation because it will provide members of Islamic State easier access to potential European terror targets.”
[Ben-Dror Yemini and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]