Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post discusses the escalation in tension in southern Israel, a result of Israel’s discovery of two terror tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and states: “That Hamas is still more concerned with mounting a futile military challenge to Israel – which its charter says must be destroyed – than with the welfare of its own people is part of the delusional character of the Palestinian leadership as a whole.” 

Haaretz comments on scathing reception by the Prime Minister’s aides of the recent State Comptroller’s draft 2014 Gaza War report, which finds serious shortcomings in Israel’s preparedness against the Hamas tunnel threat, and declares: “Leaders are also judged on their ability to listen to and implement criticism. Netanyahu’s resistance to being the subject of criticism is additional proof that he is not suited to be premier.”

Yediot Aharonot notes the dilemma faced by the Hamas military wing in Gaza posed by the IDF’s newfound capability of discovering their attack tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel, namely: “Do they act immediately via their tunnels and other means before they lose their main strategic asset? Or do they refrain from operations and come to terms for now with the fact that Israel will uncover at least some of the tunnels and search for other methods to surprise Israel in the next round?” The author points out: “It currently seems that the military and political wings of Hamas, together with the State of Israel and the IDF, have no interest in an escalation, and everybody wants to avoid one,” but adds: “Hamas’s military wing is still entangled in the dilemma, and it will have to decide if it will risk losing its attack tunnels and search for a new course of action to strategically surprise Israel in the next round, or if it will take the route of the biblical Samson and destroy itself together with the Philistines. Or, in this case, the tunnel-finding Israelis.”

Israel Hayom focuses on the state comptroller’s draft report reviewing the government’s decision-making process during Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip in 2014, and asserts: “The government handled Operation Protective Edge appropriately, but its moves were plagued by a public relations failure, as the public remained unaware of the reasons for much of the operational moves, which were not aimed at a decisive victory over Hamas, but rather sought to carve out a cease-fire agreement that would last as long as possible.”

[Ron Ben-Yishai and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]