Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post stresses that while remembering those who were lost in the Holocaust is essential, caring for those who survived must not be overlooked, and notes: “According to data provided by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors, there are in Israel today about 189,000 Holocaust survivors, of whom about 45,000 are living under the poverty line.” The editor states that Holocaust survivors who experienced first-hand the horrors inflicted on them by the Nazi regime and its many accomplices have a unique role to play in teaching the younger generations, and asserts: “no elderly person – especially if he or she survived the Holocaust – should be left to live in poverty.”

Haaretz comments on the Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog’s move toward a deal enabling the Zionist Union party to join the coalition, and contends that “The desire to win the honors that go with serving in the cabinet and to be ‘relevant’ are spurring on the Zionist Union chairman, even as they are smashing his credibility.”

Yediot Aharonot analyzes the fundamental disparities between the US and Israel that are holding up negotiations on the aid deal, and calls for a renewal of  the negotiations with the Americans on comprehensive agreements on security issues. The author adds: “In addition, a security agreement is required that will increase the aid to Israel in a real and not symbolic way, not harm the defense industries and maintain Israel’s right to request additional aid from the next administration and from Congress if the pessimist predictions come true about the strengthening of Iran, ISIS or another negative development in the area.”

Israel Hayom ponders the dilemma of the Palestinian question, and notes: “the fact remains that the two sides remain far apart on most of the concrete issues to be resolved.” The author favors a patient wait-and-see approach similar to that adopted by David Ben-Gurion, as it “allows others to make mistakes and gives Israel the latitude to wait on a more favorable environment,”  but adds: “Even if Israel’s leaders are correct in preferring a conflict management approach for the moment, they are in an unenviable position.”

[Amos Yadlin and Efraim Inbar wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]