Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post commends the High Court of Justice ruling “that conversions to Judaism performed by rabbinical courts in Israel not aligned with the Chief Rabbinate must be recognized by the state,” and declares: “It is unfortunate that the High Court is forced to take action time and again to curtail the Chief Rabbinate’s abuse of power. Our political leaders should be the ones ensuring that the State of Israel remains a home for the entire Jewish people. But when our elected officials fail to perform their role as Jewish leaders it is reassuring to know that there are judges in Jerusalem who will fill in the vacuum.”

Haaretz comments on the two competing values of needing to preserve a formative historical myth, as opposed to justice and sticking to the historical truth. Citing the issue of the new memorial to be erected by Haifa municipality in commemoration of “the 23 who went down with the ship,” a tragic mission that set out by sea from Haifa to Lebanon in 1941 in an effort to block the advance of pro-German force, in which 23 Palmach seaman and one British officer participated. The editor commends the municipality’s decision not to comply with the families’ demand to leave the British officer’s name off the memorial, and declares: “While we must honor the 23 and respect the bereaved families, this honor and respect is not compromised by accepting the historical truth that another person was in the same boat as their sons, and that he has been consistently denied the right to be remembered with them.”

Yediot Aharonot asserts that “Often, the ruling parties need an invented enemy in order to control, especially in situations of national crises, criticism, unrest and dissatisfaction with the government,” and declares: “The positive lesson from world political history is that, ultimately, the invention of the enemy is revealed as a lie. The negative lesson is that the discovery of truth takes a long time, and civilians are paying the very high price of malicious inventions.”

Israel Hayom   comments on the Hebron shooting of a disabled terrorist by an Israeli soldier, and castigates those politicians who used the case “to extract political mileage from their constituents.” Calling on politicians to ensure that the public outcry does not make it into the court room, and on the IDF to let the professionals deal with this case, the author asserts: “They should leave no stone unturned in their search of the truth, but they must also uphold the rights of any suspect or defendant. Even what has been said now in the heat of the moment, even things that are not germane to the case right now, could eventually help the defendant get a more lenient sentence.”

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