Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post comments on the likelihood that the death sentence for terrorists will be approved as a result of Avigdor Liberman and his party joining the coalition, despite the fact that PM Netanyahu buried a proposed bill on the same issue only a year ago, and asserts that despite the attempt to term this as deterrence, what the politicians actually mean is revenge. The editor declares: “The proposal to sentence terrorists to death does not reflect Jewish morals or democratic values,” and concludes with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.”

Haaretz criticizes the demand by the State Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday, which if granted would force the nonprofit Breaking the Silence to reveal the identity of a soldier who provided testimony that raised suspicions of war crimes, and asserts: “The prosecution’s demand is scandalous and wrong. Such action could lead to the end of collecting anonymous testimonies from soldiers regarding what happened during fighting, and could be a severe blow to the organization.” The editor states that the prosecution’s demand will compromise the possibility of dealing with cases involving violations of the laws of war, because it will prevent such testimony in the future, and declares: “The State Prosecutor’s Office and the attorney general must investigate the IDF’s methods in Operation Protective Edge. To do so, there is no need to compromise the confidentiality of an individual who testified before Breaking the Silence. Rather, the policies of the army, dictated from above, should be investigated, along with the politicians who sit above the army.”

Yediot Aharonot looks for the reasons that drove PM Netanyahu to replace one government with another overnight, to move left and then suddenly break to the right, and contends that his actions put “the credibility of both of them, and that of the entire political system, in question. This is a tragedy posing as a comedy. If it’s making anyone laugh, it is a bitter and cruel laugh.” The author compares the prime minister to “a drunk driver zigzagging hither and thither on the road, at one point driving onto the left shoulder of the road, and at another onto the right shoulder,” and concludes: “Usually he comes out unharmed, but not this time: This time he’s sentenced to a defensive driving course. The cruel teacher is called Yvette Lieberman.”

Israel Hayom discusses the Netanyahu-Ya’alon rift that resulted in Ya’alon’s resignation as minister of defense, and states: “There is no doubt in my mind that Ya’alon will be back, as there is a line of people and political parties waiting with open arms to accept him as their leader.”

[Nahum Barnea and Dan Margalit wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]