Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post discusses the aftershock of the speech delivered last week by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan on Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which he warned of remnants of processes of Nazism finding their way into Israeli society, and determines that “Golan is right to be concerned about phenomena within Israeli society that seem to point to increasing resistance to democratic values.” The editor points out that the IDF has emerged as a moderating, liberal force in Israeli society, and asserts that instead of distorting statements by senior IDF officers in defense of war ethics and democratic values, “their words of rebuke should be taken to heart. Israeli society is not fascist. But we should not fool ourselves into believing that as Jews we are immune to the evils of bigotry.” 

Haaretz spotlights Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly “aggressive attacks against state institutions,” and declares that while this is nothing new, “since the last election and his decision to form a far-right government, the prime minister has been following the path set out for him by the leaders of Habayit Hayehudi – ministers Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked, who consider criticism of the government as being a danger to the national interest.” The editor proclaims: “Democracy is not only rule by the coalition majority in the Knesset via its representatives in the government. Its survival is also dependent on internal checks and balances, and on restraining the government by means of institutions such as the courts, the State Comptroller’s Office, and the civil and security services,” and adds: “Those who fear for the future of Israeli democracy, and don’t want to replace it with an alliance of thugs, must protect the state institutions from Netanyahu’s attacks and offer a worthy alternative to his rule, before he crushes the last remnants of statesmanship once and for all.”

Yediot Aharonot argues that Trump and Netanyahu’s leadership share many similarities, the majority of which are negative, and comments that while Netanyahu “dreams of being Donald Trump, as Prime Minister he needs to prefer Hillary Clinton in the White House.” With Clinton expected to win, the author points out that the prime minister will have to re-establish his relationship with her: “Netanyahu knows her well, and Clinton knows him both inside and out. Their relationship is like a tennis match between Serena and Venus Williams – there’s some tension, but there are no surprises.”

Israel Hayom notes: “As usual, Hamas wants to have its cake and eat it too. On the one hand, it wants to keep its cease-fire agreement with Israel so it can reinvigorate its political status and build up its military strength. On the other hand, Hamas wants to present itself as a resistance organization dedicated to the armed struggle against Israel, as a group that allows terror activity against Israel from its own operatives and from other organizations in the Gaza Strip.” The author argues that Hamas’ willingness to try to negotiate with Israel via exchanging fire and incidents along the border is not necessarily a show of strength and states:  “it is up to Hamas to consider the fact that if Israel reaches the conclusion that Hamas is unwilling or incapable of keeping the peace along the border, Israel will no longer do what it did during Operation Protective Edge, when it kept Hamas in power and preferred it to other, more radical groups that could have taken its place.”

Globes states that “barring the possibility that the FBI will recommend the indictment of Hillary Clinton for endangering national security by sending and receiving classified material on her personal computer, she and Donald Trump will enter the November presidential election campaign as the Democratic and Republican candidates,” and declares: “A Hillary Clinton presidency will be more of the same, but Donald Trump will upend US politics, and favor Israel.”

[Nahum Barnea, Eyal Zisser and Norman Bailey wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot, Israel Hayom and Globes, respectively.]