Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post comments on the plans of leaders of the international community to convene in Paris to plan a peace conference that would lead to the renewal of talks to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but reminds readers that Israel officially opposes the French initiative, as it believes that “such a group approach by non-interested parties is doomed to fail, because the Palestinians would exploit it as another excuse to avoid direct talks on a two-state solution – which they have been avoiding successfully for years.” The editor contends that the conflict is not about territory, as has been proved by Israel’s withdrawals from Sinai, southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip that may have reduced threats but certainly have not brought about peace, and declares: “By agreeing to the Paris initiative, the Palestinians are again hoping to get a state without the sacrifice this requires. Once more, as Abba Eban said, they are not missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

Haaretz calls for an overhaul of the inner cabinet, and declares: “The inner cabinet and national security council are victims of a layer of secrecy that leave both handicapped during times of war.”

Yediot Aharonot approves of Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s request to help solidify the Security Cabinet’s professional wherewithal by appointing a military secretary to advise the Cabinet, and asserts: “Regardless of what the state comptroller has to say on the Security Cabinet’s conduct during Operation Protective Edge or his suggestions regarding expanding the government, there seems to be a need to improve the Cabinet’s way of going about its duties. Bennett’s suggestion regarding appointing a military secretary might be small, but it is an important and easily implemented step in the right direction.”

Israel Hayom   comments on one of the highlights of the recently released annual report in which State Comptroller Judge Yosef Shapira details the government’s failure to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and other attempts at delegitimizing the Jewish state, and asserts: “Anti-Semitism is not the government’s fault.” The author adds: “No amount of quality ‘hasbara’ — an untranslatable Hebrew word for public diplomacy — can prevent or eliminate anti-Semitism.”

[Giora Eiland and Ruthie Blum wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]