Today’s issues: Sunday, pleasant Sunday, Gaza, the Palestinian ghetto, taking responsibility for the double Nakba, and some things are incomparable.
The Jerusalem Post discusses the initiative to introduce a watered-down version of the Western two-day weekend that will include a free Sunday once a month. The editor notes that while there may be some negative influences, he nevertheless asserts that transforming Sunday into a second day of rest is “eminently feasible from an economic standpoint and conducive to alleviating religious tensions.”
Haaretz calls on the government to end the blockade of the Gaza Strip and to open one of the most densely populated places in the world, which next month will “mark a decade of life under a strangulating siege,” and declares: “The Israeli government must immediately end its blockade of the Gaza Strip, stop playing with the lives of some two million people and offer them some practical means of leaving Gaza, so they can exercise what the enlightened world considers basic human rights.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the Nakba, the Palestinian exodus during Israel’s War of Independence, which was commemorated last Sunday by the Arab world, and notes that “One can and should participate in the sorrow of those who became refugees and remained so to this very day,” but adds that one must also “look bravely at history.” Pointing out that large population exchanges were prevalent during that period in history, and that many Jews were exiles as well, not only from European countries but from Arab countries as well, the author asserts: “Reconciliation will only be achieved when the Arab world stops deceiving itself and takes responsibility for the double Nakba. Both the Arab one and the Jewish one.”
Israel Hayom opposes the comparison of Hitler and Nazi policies to current events, an allegory commonly used by public figures in many countries, Israel included, and declares: “Using Hitler to make every political, diplomatic or economic argument is dangerous. Portraying this madman … as having something in common with so many people, is liable to paint him and his deeds in a more human light to an increasing number of young people.”
[Ben-Dror Yemini and Yossi Beilin wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]