Haaretz
Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Ma’ariv
Globes
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press

 

​The Jerusalem Post believes the only way to end the constant increase in terrorist attacks throughout the world carried out in the name of delusional religious fanatics out to establish a world caliphate is by putting “a sustained global strategy in place to destroy ISIS’s leadership and infrastructure in the Middle East and to root out their terrorist support systems and cells wherever they are found.”

Haaretz is appalled by the Knesset’s approval of the preliminary reading of a bill that would stiffen the already excessive penalty for damaging the Israeli flag, and contends that the bill embodies “a binary, dangerous and anti-democratic view of the reality of the tapestry of society in Israel.” The editor notes that Israeli society is comprised of a substantial population that does not see the flag as a holy vessel, from Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews to people who prefer quieter and deeper expressions of their connection to their country, and asserts: “It would be better if the Israeli government would do its job and find solutions to security and economic problems that concern Israeli citizens, instead of measuring their attitude toward the flag.”

Yediot Aharonot reflects on the terror attack in Belgium, and remarks that “If Europe and particularly Belgium want to overcome the current crisis and thwart future attacks, it ought to reform their education system and end incitement against the Jewish state.” The author believes that the Belgians, like many others in Europe, believe that their enmity towards Israel grants them immunity from attacks, and states: “They do not understand that exactly the opposite is true: As long as incitement against Israel rises to new heights, hatred for Europe will rise to new heights.”

Israel Hayom believes that Israel is fighting its current war against terror in the only manner open to an enlightened democracy, and asserts: “Israel cannot stamp out an entire Palestinian town, or even a neighborhood or a street, because a terrorist came from there. A democracy does not have the power to put out the fire entirely, but it can lower the flames to a degree that is possible to live with in the long term, until the terrorists eventually despair.”

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