Jerusalem Post
Yediot Aharonot
Israel Hayom

Summary of editorials from the Hebrew press


​The Jerusalem Post states: “The omnibus anti-terrorism law passed by the Knesset last week is a laudable attempt to modernize draconian legislation left over from the British Mandate, but the claim by its sponsors that it somehow balances enforcement with the preservation of civil liberties is questionable.” The editor warns: “In seeking to cast the net of enforcement as wide as possible in order to fight terrorism, the new law could end up being applied in far too many cases, leading to violations of citizens’ rights,” and declares: “The penal code was already sufficient to punish real terrorists, while its newly broadened definition so dilutes the term ‘terrorism’ that it risks missing the point of the legislation.”

Haaretz comments on criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu by ministers of defense who served under him in his ten years in office, and points out that “In Israel the defense minister is the true second-in-command to the prime minister in the most critical area, and if all those who served in this position denounce the behavior of the person who appointed them and who depended upon them, then the problem is necessarily with him, not his critics.” The editor argues that it is precisely the listlessness of opposition leaders Herzog and Lapid that lends additional significance to the criticism expressed by persons who are not today in the Knesset or the cabinet, and adds: “They understand the importance of a broad resistance front, within and outside of the legislature, in replacing the government and keeping Netanyahu and Lieberman from wreaking further damage.”

Yediot Aharonot comments on the US elections and the political attitudes of the two leading contenders, and declares: “for the first time in human history, terrorism may become a strategic tool that could affect the fate of the entire world.” The author argues that while ISIS has no real assets apart from its place in the public’s consciousness, the organization nevertheless has the ability to win the battle over public consciousness, and adds: “a deadly attack on the eve of the elections would tip the scale in Trump’s favor.”

Israel Hayom contradicts claims that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated, and, noting the approximately 250 high-tech giants who have acquired research and development centers in Israel, states: “The global investment community has provided a lucid response — reinforced by its investment portfolios — to those who question whether Israel is bucking the global trend, and whether Israel is becoming integrated or isolated.”

[Yoaz Hendel and Yoram Ettinger wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]