Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post slams the self-proclaimed guardians of the faith, who believe “they are entitled to insult, disenfranchise and ridicule non-Orthodox Jews and even expel gentiles from Israel, claiming the divine right to do so,” and asserts that if some of the things said “had been uttered in the Diaspora by a gentile parliamentarian, the immediate response of the Jewish community would have been to condemn them as anti-Semitic.”

Haaretz praises Sunday’s High Court of Justice verdict, which revoked the controversial gas deal that had been signed by the government, and states: “This was a landmark decision of judicial activism on the part of a court whose rulings in recent years were marked with restraint and conservatism.” The editor criticizes those ministers who took the opportunity to bash the court before they took the time to read the verdict’s 180 pages or understand what it meant, and declares: “Had the politicians bothered to read the verdict before they rushed to comment on it, they would have found that striking down the so-called ‘stability clause’ of the gas deal stems not from the court’s scorn for the government’s power and authority, but from its respect for it.”

Yediot Aharonot contends that while the IDF wants to be the most moral military in the world, the most virtuous it can be, but declares: “everything involving blood and sending enemy soldiers and terrorists into the afterlife is immoral.” The author asserts that “only those who had bullets whizzing by their ears can understand what happens to a soldier who finds himself suddenly facing stone throwers or getting actively shot at,” and adds: “it’s important to remember that the spirit of the IDF – the IDF’s values – is nothing but a piece of paper. In reality a military that has been operating for almost 50 years in the alleys of Hebron, Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah and Qalqiliya loses its ethical principles. Therefore, the IDF can’t be – and probably never will be – the most moral military in the world. A moral military simply doesn’t exist.”

Israel Hayom discusses he corruption cases involving Shas leader Aryeh Deri and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, and notes: “The weakening of Herzog and Deri will benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is leading a narrow 61-MK coalition that contains several chronic rebels within Likud. There is nothing like a criminal investigation against a political rival to bolster one’s own power.” The author adds that while both politicians would obviously like to see their legal situations clarified in an expedited manner, “there is a long road ahead.”

[Eitan Haber and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]