Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post contends that economic discontent plays a role in legitimizing and fostering terrorism, and notes that because the Palestinian economy is dependent on Israel’s market for goods and services, “Israel needs to do more to encourage Palestinian economic growth.” 

Haaretz discusses the plight of Tair Kaminer, a self-declared conscientious objector who has been repeatedly jailed for refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, and contends that the army’s fear that other young people might follow in her footsteps is unjustified. The editor believes her punishment is unfair, and asserts: “It would behoove the army to bring Kaminer’s Sisyphean journey to an end by respecting her choice and allowing her to serve society in a manner consistent with her conscience.”

Yediot Aharonot comments on PM Netanyahu’s recent acknowledgement of Israel’s attack on Hezbollah weapons shipments in Syria while observing a paratrooper drill in the Golan Heights, and concludes  that the reason for this is that Netanyahu “has come to the conclusion that Hezbollah, Syria, and the Russians have gotten used to the fact that Israel strikes at shipments of advanced game changing weapons to Lebanon, and therefore allowed himself to brag about it based on the assumption that the other side won’t make a fuss.”

Israel Hayom is hopeful that the Egyptian announcement that it will return the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia will result in the coining of a new rule of thumb: ‘the friend of my friend is my friend.’ The author notes that “The Saudi kingdom is still not ripe for relations with Israel, but it also has no interest in sabotaging the Israeli-Egyptian peace accord, certainly not while Iran poses a regional threat,” and adds: “For this reason we can assume the status quo will remain intact and the Straits of Tiran will not be closed to us, even as they are transferred to Saudi sovereignty.”

Globes discusses the curious dichotomy in Israeli society at the root of which lie the three branches of government, and states: “Great successes in the realms of the economy, finance, science and technology, defense and security, are offset by a dysfunctional political system and serious social problems involving class, ethnicity, religion, corruption and organized crime.”

[Ron Ben-Yishai, Boaz Bismuth and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]