Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​​The Jerusalem Post  welcomes the conviction last week of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, but argues that as with most crime, future possible penalties are seldom a deterrent, and therefore the great challenge facing humanity is the prevention of genocide before it takes place. The editor points out that “Given the advantage of hindsight, some dozen genocides might have been prevented over the past century,” but worries that, judging from history, labelling an atrocity ‘genocide’ “will not deter it from happening.”​

Haaretz  comments on the shooting by an IDF soldier of a wounded Palestinian terrorist lying on the ground and criticizes politicians and other agitators who are escalating their acrimonious rhetoric against the IDF and its commander-in-chief following the shooting, and asserts: “the abominable act was formed in the womb of a putrid atmosphere, awash with demagoguery and encouragement to murder, which is fostered by politicians.” The editor contends that these politicians “bear a heavy load of responsibility and blame, because to a large extent the soldier was obeying the spirit of the masses, which was agitated by these knights of gangland morality.” The editor declares: “The Palestinian’s murder is the alarming proof, although not the only or first one, that the IDF’s values, which have a considerable effect on the state’s values, are in urgent need of thorough revamping,” and adds: “Most importantly, they must not remain in the hands of blood peddlers.”
Yediot Aharonot  is alarmed how easy it was for a single terrorist, equipped with extremely meager technological means, to penetrate secure IDF and government servers and gather “intelligence on all aspects of the IDF’s drone activity over the Gaza Strip,” a fact that was brought to light in the indictment filed against Islamic Jihad operative Majd Ouida last week. The author is pleased that the terrorist was unable to do any serious damage, but is nevertheless concerned that all this occurred in 2014, when PM Netanyahu “had already declared Israel to be world power in the field of cyber technologies, and particularly in cyber defense, while at the same time establishing a national cyber defense system.”
Israel Hayom​  discusses ISIS terrorism and the threat the organization poses to the region and the world, and states that “The only chance to wipe out Islamic State is to rehabilitate the state systems in Iraq and Syria.” The author points out that “They have been strengthened significantly with American and Iranian assistance in Iraq and Russian and Iranian assistance in Syria, but both militaries are still weak and incapable of defeating Islamic State,” and adds: “For that, we would need an international effort that does not appear to be on the horizon.”
[Ron Ben-Yishai and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]