Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post comments on recent incidents in which police allegedly used excessive force against Arab citizens, and declares: “The police force must work harder to improve the attitude of police officers toward Arab citizens. Officers must receive clear guidelines on how to deal with civilians – whether they are Palestinians living on the West Bank or Arab Israelis.”

Haaretz discusses the section of the annual State Comptroller’s Report dealing with the funding of Benjamin Netanyahu’s trips abroad when he was finance minister, and asserts: “They paint a bleak picture of Netanyahu’s conduct, in direct continuation of inquiries, investigations and claims made in similar contexts over the past two decades.” The editor declares: “From a public standpoint, Netanyahu’s conduct is intolerable,” and asks: “where are the coalition MKs, including the Likud MKs and ministers? Are they all Netanyahu’s faithful accomplices? Are they all ready to ignore the alleged corruption?” The editor concludes: “The examination of the material from the comptroller should become an open investigation. The attorney general’s handling of this case will affect his image in the six remaining years of his tenure.”

Yediot Aharonot believes that the recent moves by PM Netanyahu are jeopardizing the country’s national security, and asserts that he is carrying out political experiments “at the public’s expense, replacing an experienced and professional defense minister with the inexperienced Lieberman. The dramatic move clearly signals to the military that the values they’re used to cherishing are no longer of the utmost importance.”

Israel Hayom believes that the not only will the recent state comptroller’s report on PM Netanyahu’s travel expenses not cause him any political damage, it will, in fact, actually help him, and declares: “In the wake of the comptroller’s anticlimactic report, the prime minister can secure a few years of political calm, while the members of the Left perpetuate their age-old habit of eating each other alive.”

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