Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post discusses reports that Hamas and Fatah may have reconciled their differences, but declares: “While talk of Palestinian unity might sound nice, there is little reason for optimism. Ultimately, so long as Palestinians are unable to settle their own differences, it is impossible to envision Israelis and Palestinians resolving their conflict.” The editor adds: “until Palestinians start taking responsibility for their national destiny, internal unity and peace with Israel will remain out of reach,” and states: “As the wave of terrorism against Israelis continues, it is high time that the Palestinian leadership asserted its control, stop the violence, halt the incitement and resume a peaceful dialogue with Israel.”

Haaretz asserts: “The amendment to the Basic Law: Knesset, known as the Suspension Bill, which passed its first reading two days ago, marks another step in the erosion of Israeli democracy on behalf of the tyranny of the Jewish majority,” and, calling for its rejection, states that it is an “unconstitutional amendment that runs counter to the fundamental principles of democracy and is based upon a racist motivation.”

Yediot Aharonot is concerned that AIPAC, which is purportedly a bipartisan, pro-Israel organization, has become increasingly identified with right-wing politics, and asserts: “The AIPAC conference events are a symptom of the deep process that is taking place in American Judaism. AIPAC always prided itself on being bipartisan. For them, support of Israel was an issue that didn’t depend on political leanings. It has not been thus in recent years.”

Israel Hayom comments on the Israeli habit of disregarding terror warnings for travel abroad, and declares: “Forget about Turkey. No destination is safe for Israelis right now, other than the promenade in Tiberias (no one has been there for years). There’s no need to waste words on what is happening in Europe right now. Look at Brussels and Paris. Absurd as it might sound, it appears that here at home, in our country with its vast experience of terrorism, the number of attacks that are thwarted is one of the highest in the world.”

[Yossi Shain and Odelia Yakir wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]