Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom


Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post notes that a century has elapsed since the signing of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Great Britain and France, effectively creating the boundaries of the Levant as we know it, and, commenting on the disintegration of many countries in the Middle East, asserts: “Sykes-Picot is not to blame for the disintegration of Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, rather it is the autocratic nature of these countries’ political leaderships.”

Haaretz praises a well-known basketball player for revealing his bisexuality in a Facebook post last week, and notes that this “could make a substantial contribution to changing the attitude of fans, owners, team managers and even coaches toward athletes from the LGBT community.” In conclusion, the editor asserts: “As with other aspects of life in Israel, sports must also learn to accommodate every human being, regardless of his or her sexual orientation.”

Yediot Aharonot believes that a move by opposition leader Isaac Herzog to bring his Zionist Union party into the government could be construed as a bold demonstration of leadership, but laments that he “has not expressed a clear policy that could allow him and his party to join the government.” The author asserts that Herzog “should start by stating clearly that he supports freezing settlement building outside the blocs, a policy that Netanyahu has verbally supported previously.”

Israel Hayom discusses the manipulative tactics the Obama administration used to ‘sell’ the Iran nuclear deal to the American people, and states: “The disagreement between Washington and Jerusalem cannot be explained by policy differences, diverging assessments and a lack of chemistry. It all boils down to fundamentally different — almost irreconcilable — philosophical approaches on world affairs and on the Middle East in particular.”

 [Ben-Dror Yemini and Zalman Shoval wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]