Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post cites several egregious incidents involving Israeli-Arabs who were perceived as security threats that occured over the past few weeks, and expresses concern that the “necessary preoccupation with security checks has become excessive in some cases, resulting in the humiliation of citizens to the detriment of Israel’s public image.” Referring to a recent High Court of Justice ruling that ordered Ben-Gurion Airport authorities to end the discriminatory practice of treating all Arabs as security threats, the editor asserts: “The time is overdue to establish this norm throughout the country.”

Haaretz is astounded by the numerous number of women murdered in recent years by their partner or by a relative, and asserts that despite the few positive steps in the right direction, “The government must launch a comprehensive program to fight family violence.”

Yediot Aharonot contends that “With the Brazilian president suspended from power and her temporary replacement known as a friend to Israel, Jerusalem is missing an opportunity to station an ambassador in Brasilia,” and asserts: “Brazil is a huge power; it’s the engine that leads Latin America. Israel needs Brazil more than Brazil needs Israel.”

Israel Hayom discusses the coming transitions in Palestinian and US politics, which, the author contends, together present an opportunity to reset the diplomatic table, and notes that the day Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “departs or is deposed from his dictatorial perch, could be a watershed moment. It could and should force a reassessment of conventional thinking about the feasible contours of accommodating Palestinian independence.” The author believes that Palestinian denial of Jewish religious, historical and national rights in Israel is the essence of the conflict, and states: “It is time to tackle this head-on, cautiously but candidly, at the core — in Jerusalem,” and concludes: “Netanyahu should leverage this turning point to reframe the parameters of how Israel can live astride the very problematic Palestinian national movement.”

[Itamar Eichner and David M. Weinberg wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]